Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto has signed on to play Marvel Comics antihero Morbius the Living Vampire in the upcoming “Spider-Man” spin-off project “Morbius” at Sony Pictures.
Additionally, Scandinavian filmmaker Daniel Espinosa (“Life”) will helm the project which Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster. “Power Rangers” and “Dracula Untold” film scribes Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who most recently served as showrunners on Netflix’s “Lost in Space,” wrote the script for the film.
Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Morbius is in the comics is Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease and attempted to cure himself and instead became inflicted with a form of vampirism. Over time he has become a slightly heroic figure in his own right.
The character first appeared in ‘Amazing Spider-Man #101,’ the first issue not written by co-creator Stan Lee. This will join this year’s “Venom” and the delayed “Silver & Black” movie in the works at Sony.
Source: Heat Vision