Among the Marvel movies in development at Sony has been Morbius the Living Vampire, based on the Spider-Man villain/antihero of the same name. The film recruited screenwriters Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama a few months ago, but since then, we haven’t heard a lot of news about it. Now, we have some big news.
Per Variety, Oscar winner Jared Leto is set to play Morbius in the movie. Safe House filmmaker Daniel Espinosa is attached to direct. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing alongside Lucas Foster. Production is expected to begin sometime this year. The site explains that Leto has been loosely attached for months, but wouldn’t commit until he was confident in the film’s direction. Thanks to a meeting with Espinosa, it happened.
This marks Leto’s latest move into blockbuster territory. Most famously, he played The Joker in DC’s Suicide Squad, and he has been rumored to reprise the role in multiple movies, including a solo film. Variety says that Leto’s role as Morbius has no impact on his Joker future.
Stay tuned for more news as we have it.