Jared Leto to Star in Spider-Man Spinoff 'Morbius'

Daniel Espinosa

Jared Leto to Star in Spider-Man Spinoff 'Morbius'

And instead of starting off as Wonder Woman's foe, the two kick off as friends.

According to Heat Vision, Oscar-winner Jared Leto (Suicide Squad, Blade Runner 2049, Dallas Buyers Club) is becoming the latest actor to play the field with both Marvel and DC movies by signing on with Sony to star in a Morbius the Living Vampire movie.

Jared Leto, actor and lead singer of Thirty Seconds To Mars, attends a launch party for the album America at a pop-up museum called Museum Of America in Los Angeles, California, US, Apr 6, 2018.

Daniel Espinosa, who recently helmed the Sony sci-fi film Life (which ironically, people joked was a Venom prequel for months ahead of its release...for literally no reason at all), is set to direct. After meeting with Espinosa in Germany, he apparently felt it was. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama of Netflix's Lost in Space reboot penned an early script.

The blood-sucking antihero was created in 1971 by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane for The Amazing Spider-Man #101 - the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.

Morbius: The Living Vampire battled with Spider-Man on numerous occasions but over the time he became a slightly heroic figure in his own right.

Per Comicbook.com, Leto's character is a scientist in search of a cure to his rare blood disease in the Marvel Comics universe.

So far, Sony has not cemented a firm premiere date for Morbius, but the movie is expected to start production later this year. Nobody mention Man-Bat. He debuted in the comics as a villain opposite Spider-Man, but the suggestion seems to be that he'll be an anti-hero here, just as Tom Hardy's Venom is.

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