Jared Leto Will Play Villain In Sony's Upcoming Spider-Man Spinoff 'Morbius'

Jared Leto is on board to play another well known villainous figure in the Marvel realm. The Oscar award-winning actor will portray Dr. Michael Morbius in the upcoming Sony Spider-Man spinoff, Morbius. Leto confirmed the rumors by posting a vintage Morbius the Living Vampire poster on his Instagram account Wednesday.

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The film will focus on the life of the doctor-turned-vampire. Morbius is a scientist who suffers from a rare blood disease. When he attempts to cure himself, he becomes worse. He develops a condition called vampirism, which is an illness that makes him thirst for blood. He also develops abnormal body features such as fangs and powerful strength.

Morbius originally made his debut in 1971. Writer Roy Thomas and comic artist Gil Kane created this character where he appeared in issue No. 101 of the Amazing Spider-Man Marvel comic book. It was the first issue that was not written by former Marvel publisher and Spider-Man creator, Stan Lee, The Hollywood Reporter wrote Monday.

The film will be directed by Daniel Espinosa, who has a history of creating box office hits. Safe House, which stars Denzel Washington, earned over $200 million. Espinosa's most recent sci-fi thriller, Life, grossed $100 million worldwide, the Internet Movie Database wrote.

Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama will write the screenplay. The duo is known for writing the hit Netflix remake, Lost In Space. The original show lasted from 1965 to 1968 and starred Guy Williams and June Lockhart.

Sony and Marvel agreed to share the rights to Spider-Man in 2015. The fan-favorite superhero will appear in Marvel projects, while Sony has the right to create original content and develop their own franchise around the character, The Verge wrote in June 2017.

This is not the first time Leto portrayed a Marvel villain. He first played the Joker in the 2016 action thriller, Suicide Squad. The movie, which also stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie, was one of the highest grossing movies of 2016. It reeled in $745.6 million worldwide, Business Insider wrote at the time.

Currently, there is no release date for Morbius.

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Jared Leto at The Museum of America, a one-of-a-kind pop-up museum promoting Thirty Seconds to MarsÕ new album, AMERICA on April 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California Christopher Polk/Getty Images
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