Jared Leto to star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius'

Leto will play Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tried to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and bats. (Screengrab)

Actor Jared Leto has signed on to star in "Morbius", a spin-off centering on Spider-Man's nemesis Morbius: The Living Vampire.

Daniel Espinosa, who has films such as "Safe House" and "Life" to his credit, will direct the project for Sony, with a script from Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama

The film will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach alongside Lucas Foster, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Leto, 46, will play Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tried to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and bats. However, the results were catastrophic and he developed vampiric qualities.

Morbius: The Living Vampire battled with Spider-man on numerous occasions but over the time he became a slightly heroic figure in his own right. The character was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane and first featured in "Amazing Spider-Man".

This is the second comic book character that the Oscar-winning actor will be playing on-screen. He played the iconic villain Joker in the Warner Bros' 2016 antihero ensemble "Suicide Squad".

"Morbius" is just the latest Spidey spinoff confirmed by Sony, joining the Tom Hardy-led Venom, which is due for release in October this year. 

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