Jared Leto is locked to star in Morbius, Sony’s next dark Spider-Man spinoff. Safe House director Daniel Espinosa will bring the Living Vampire to life, and Deadline reports tonight that Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim Uprising) is now in talks to play Martine, the female lead opposite Leto’s title character.
The site notes, “In the comics, Martine, who is engaged to Morbius, becomes a potential victim to his bloodlust as he grapples with the transformation that has made him a weird laboratory version of the supernatural vampires of lore.”
Michael Morbius is a scientist who, in trying to find a cure for a rare blood disease, accidentally transforms himself into a living vampire. Though disgusted by his own bloodlust, he chooses to prey upon criminals he deems unworthy of life.
Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane and first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101, the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.