Jared Leto joins Spider-Man verse as Morbius The Living Vampire

Image via Marvel Comics

Image via Marvel Comics

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins took to Twitter on Jun 27 to show off a sneak peek of Wigg's character - Cheetah aka Barbara Minerva. And now the Oscar-winning actor is set to portray the titular character in Sony's latest film, Morbius.

Over in the Marvel universe, things are looking web-slingingly good.

Leto, known in the comic book movie genre for playing the Joker in Suicide Squad, has signed on to play the vampiric antihero Morbius in a solo movie as a part of Sony's Spider-Man-centric shared universe, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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. The film exists, in nascent stages, and was written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (the duo worked on Netflix's Lost in Space).

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.

Leto is repped by CAA and Untitled; Espinosa is WME, Magnolia and attorney Warren Dern; the scribes are ICM Partners and SMGS.

Morbius is a living vampire who goes by the name of Dr Michael Morbius. The character suffered from a rare blood disease and, in his attempts to cure himself, inadvertently turned himself in a bloodthirsty ghoul who regularly squared off with Peter Parker. Morbius previously appeared on TV in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Ultimate Spider-Man Vs The Sinister Six, and was originally earmarked to make his film debut in Blade until his cameo was deleted and plans to make him the villain in Blade II scrapped. "Over time, however, he became a slightly heroic figure in his own right and even headlined his own comic book titles".

Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige ran point on Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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