Jared Leto sinking teeth into Marvel's Morbius the Living Vampire

Jared Leto, Daniel Espinosa Team For Sony’s ‘Morbius’ Spider-Man Spinoff

Today, it was reported that Jared Leto had been cast in the lead role of Sony's Morbius film, leaving many to wonder if this meant that the Academy Award-winning actor would no longer be available to play the Joker in Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe. Although he was Spider-Man's nemesis, the character grew to become heroic in his own right - and had a run of 32 issues through April 1995.

Filmmaker Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life) will be directing the upcoming film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and the minds behind Netflix's Lost In Space, Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, will be working on the script.

He will play Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who injects himself with a serum derived from bats in an attempt to cure a fatal blood disease. He has an ongoing feud with the character Blade the Vampire Hunter in the comics.

Imagine what he'll be like on the set of his next comic-based movie, in which he'll embody the truly horrific Morbius the Living Vampire. Avi Arad will produce, which is further excellent news.

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This isn't Leto's first flirtation with playing a bloodsucker, as in 2016 when director Josh Boone was publicly courting the actor to star as Lestat in a reboot of Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire.

It remains to be seen how the Morbius movie will connect to Tom Holland's Spider-Man adventures, if it ever will at all.

We know the studio is plotting its own Marvel universe with characters like Venom, Nightwatch, Silk and the long-in-development Silver & Black movie, and it all begins with the launch of Eddie Brock's solo film this October.

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