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Jared Leto to star in Spider-Man spin-off Morbius: The Living Vampire

Sony’s Spider-Man series is chugging ahead, even without the involvement of Spider-Man. Jared Leto will star as Morbius in a new spin-off, to follow Tom Hardy’s Venom movie.

hollywood Updated: Jun 28, 2018 16:16 IST
Press Trust of India
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Jared Leto previously played Joker in Suicide Squad.(AFP)

Actor Jared Leto has signed on to star in Morbius, a spin-off centering on Spider-Man’s nemesis Morbius: The Living Vampire.

Daniel Espinosa, who has films such as Safe House and Life to his credit, will direct the project for Sony, with a script from Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama

The film will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach alongside Lucas Foster, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Leto, 46, will play Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tried to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and bats. However, the results were catastrophic and he developed vampiric qualities.

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. The character was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane.

This is the second comic book character that the Oscar-winning actor will be playing on-screen. He played the iconic villain Joker in the Warner Bros’ 2016 antihero ensemble Suicide Squad.

Morbius is just the latest Spidey spinoff confirmed by Sony, joining the Tom Hardy-led Venom, which is due for release in October this year.

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First Published: Jun 28, 2018 16:16 IST