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Jared Leto, who played The Joker in Suicide Squad, is looking to add another comic book character to his résumé.
The Oscar-winning actor has signed on to star in Morbius, Sony’s latest entry into its Marvel-based, Spider-Man-centric universe of characters.

Daniel Espinosa, the Scandinavian filmmaker who helmed Safe House and last year's sci-fi thriller Life, will direct the feature, which has a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, the duo who created Netflix’s Lost in Space remake.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster.

The project is based on the antihero Morbius the Living Vampire. Morbius is Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease and attempted to cure himself to disastrous results. Instead of being cured, he became afflicted with a condition that was a form of vampirism — the thirst for blood, along with fangs and super strength — and fought Spider-Man. Over time, however, he became a slightly heroic figure in his own right and even headlined his own comic book titles.

Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane and first appeared in 1971's Amazing Spider-Man No. 101, the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.

Sony executive Palak Patel will oversee for the studio.

While Leto has in the past chosen projects that had indie sensibilities, winning an Oscar for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, in recent years he has been targeting roles in tentpole or franchise projects. In addition to playing the popular DC villain in 2016’s Suicide Squad, the actor played a sinister character in Blade Runner 2049 and is attached to a sequel to Tron.
Source: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

Sony has a lot of ideas to expand their Spider-Verse i.e. Venom, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Nightwatch, Silk, and now Morbius is on the table.
 

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Re: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

I agree Leto's portrayal as The Joker is not good. At all.

I did like his performance as Wallace in Blade Runner 2049, though.
 

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Re: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

Sony should just give it up. Their attempts to milk everything out of the “spiderverse” just seem like desperate cash grabs
 

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Re: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

Him as the Joker was garbage but Leto has done good work so wiling to give it a shot!
 

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Re: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

Leto is a good actor, he was just a try hard as the Joker. He should be good here.
 
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Re: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

He's a good actor so I will watch this. Just because his Joker sucked doesn't mean that this will too. No Spider-Man but, as an inveterate comic book geek, I'll still give it a shot .
 

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Re: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

Hopefully he's exposed as the predator he is before this goes into full production.
 

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Re: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

Few things.

1) Twilight is over, the Vampire craze is dead, you're a bit slow here Sony.

2) Stop trying to create a "Spider-Man Cinematic Universe". It isn't going to work and Spidey himself is all nice and happy over with the MCU. Just stop!

3) If you are going to do a Spidey-Verse of sorts, is Morbius really the one you want to go with? Of all the Spider-Man villains and side characters, is Morbius really your best play?
 

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Re: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

I like Leto's Joker, he could be a good Morbius. Why are these C and D characters getting there own movies? (Silk, Miles, Morbius)
 

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Re: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

could be as bad though.
Fair point!

2) Stop trying to create a "Spider-Man Cinematic Universe". It isn't going to work and Spidey himself is all nice and happy over with the MCU. Just stop!
This summer.... not everyone will be far from home.... AUNT MEA! Rated R.
 

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Re: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

Twilight is over, the Vampire craze is dead, you're a bit slow here Sony.
If Blade came back tomorrow, the hype would be through the roof. With Morbius, it wouldn't be about a craze, it would be about expectation and execution. Sadly, Sony can no longer figure those out.
 

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Re: Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius,' Daniel Espinosa to Direct

So looking forward to the press tour for this and the stories of his method acting. "Jared would get deliveries from blood banks on set. Down the whole bag right there. Our first a.d. vomited and passed out at the sight of it." "He bit three crew members on the neck his first day on set. After that we all got tetanus shots just in case." "It was a trifle inconvenient only being able to shoot his scenes at night, but that's his process."

Fair point!



This summer.... not everyone will be far from home.... AUNT MEA! Rated R.
Rumor was they were working on it at one point.

Rumor: Sony Developing an Aunt May SPIDER-MAN Spinoff Movie?
 

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Morbius is a cool character and Jared Leto is an interesting character so this piques my interest. Although, if we are getting a SpiderMan cinematic universe I'd love a Prowler film.
 

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Why does sony even bother with a live acton spiderverse when they already have an amazing cartoon spiderverse. Just build upon that and let MCU have the live action spiderman.
 
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