Jared Leto lands another major superhero role, Morbius the Living Vampire

The actor has already played The Joker in Suicide Squad

Jared Leto has landed another superhero role.

Having already portrayed the Joker (to some criticism) in Suicide Squad, the actor has signed on to play Morbius the Living Vampire, a former scientist named Dr. Michael Morbius who attempts to cure an affliction but develops a form of vampirism.

Daniel Espinosa, best known for directing Life, will helm the upcoming movie, with a script from the duo behind Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot, Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama.

The two writers have a history of making vampire movies: they previously wrote the vampire movie Dracula Untold, which featured Luke Evans as the titular character.

Morbius marks yet another addition to Sony’s Marvel Universe, a set of movies that will be released in conjunction with Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

Based on characters from Spider-Man’s comics, the series begins with Tom Hardy’s Venom and will also include Silver & Black, which centres on the superheroes Black Cat and Silver Sable. Morbius first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #101, beginning as an antagonist but becoming a flawed hero over time.

Meanwhile, Leto recently appeared in the Netflix movie Outsider, a feature that received a critical mauling upon release earlier this year. The actor is also rumoured to be playing the Joker once again in Suicide Squad 2, an Untitled Joker-Harley Quinn Project, and Gotham City Sirens – although none of these movies have been confirmed as coming out.

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