Jared Leto Cast As Morbius In Spider-Man Spin-Off, Director Announced
Sony is hell-bent on creating their own Marvel cinematic universe, one that would begin with the terrifying villain Venom getting his own Spider-Man-less origin story. From there, several other personalities are set to be spun out of the web-head’s adventures, including a Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up called Silver and Black and a solo-film telling the blood-spilling tale of Morbius, the Living Vampire. The latter was announced with little information, but now the project boasts two important new additions: a lead actor and director.
Academy Award-winner and Suicide Squad actor Jared Leto is now set to play the life-consuming role of Michael Morbius, from his origins as a bat-obsessed scientist to his eventual transformation into a tragic bloodthirsty vampire. Also announced was the film’s director, Scandinavian filmmaker Daniel Espinosa, whose most recent directing effort includes the 2017 sci-fi suspense film Life. Writing for the unnamed Morbius film are the duo of Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who provided the screenplay for 2014’s Dracula Untold and acted as showrunners for Netfix’s Lost in Space reboot series.
The casting of Jared Leto is somewhat surprising as the actor has been notable ties to the DC Extended Universe, portraying another bat-obsessed foe in The Joker. It’s unknown if Leto’s new Marvel role will affect his presence in any future Suicide Squad sequels, Harley Quinn spin-offs, or solo Batman movies, but when considering all the announced Joker films, it wouldn’t be impossible. The Morbius movie currently has no release date.
What do you think? Are you excited to eventually see Morbius bite people on the big screen, or should Sony just give Spider-Man’s villains back to Marvel already? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more from the realm of comic books, check out these next few news stories:
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