Matt Smith Joins Jared Leto In Spider-Man Spin-Off Morbius

Matt Smith Joins Sony’s Morbius the Living Vampire

Matt Smith Joins Sony’s Morbius the Living Vampire

Following the massive (and, some would say, entirely inexplicable) success of Ruben Fleischer's Venom, Sony is moving full steam ahead with its next Spider-Man spin-off, a film based on Morbius, the Living Vampire, who - as you may or may not know - is a scientist who inadvertently catches a hot case of vampirism after trying to cure himself of a blood disease. MailOnline has reached out to Matt Smith's representatives for further comment. We have no idea! After wrapping his four-year stint on that series, Smith transitioned to film roles in other genre fare like Terminator Genisys and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. While it's unknown what role Smith is poised to play, the report indicates that it's a "major role" in the film. With unique look and wiry frame, it's easy to imagine him vanishing under latex to play another supernatural Marvel character. However, Venom is among the most popular members of Spidey's rogues' gallery and Morbius is...well, niche is the kind word.

Writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane created Morbius in 1971 for "The Amazing Spider-Man #101". Whoops! Naturally, he gains super-powers, a thirst for blood, and the desire to sometimes be a bad guy and sometimes be a good guy, depending on who is writing that particular comic book run. And is it too late for him and Matt Smith to trade roles? This is one of several Spider-Man spin-off projects in development at Sony, including the recently announced Silk movie, as well as Nightwatch, Black Cat, and Silver Sable. 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.

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Daniel Espinosa, who previously helmed the alien thriller Life, is directing Morbius from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (the showrunners of Netflix's Lost in Space). It's a big year for his feature career, even without Star Wars.

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