Jared Leto, Daniel Espinosa Team For Sony’s ‘Morbius’ Spider-Man Spinoff

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Today, it was reported that Jared Leto had been cast in the lead role of Sony's Morbius film, leaving many to wonder if this meant that the Academy Award-winning actor would no longer be available to play the Joker in Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe.

The Morbius movie is set to be directed by Daniel Espinosa, who previously directed the movies Life and Safe House. He first appeared in 1971 comic Amazing Spider-Man issue No. 101. The character suffered from a rare blood disease and, in his attempts to cure himself, inadvertently turned himself in a bloodthirsty ghoul who regularly squared off with Peter Parker.

Jared Leto has signed on to star as a vampire in the forthcoming Spider-Man spin-off movie "Morbius, the Living Vampire". The character fought Spider-Man several times, though eventually earned several of his own books where he had a more heroic arc.

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

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Meanwhile, the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home is being written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, with Jon Watts returning as director on the Sony and Marvel film.

Leto is also set to star in and executive produce a new standalone film based on his Suicide Squad character, The Joker.

"The two people who are reading it, I can't name obviously because they haven't said yes, but they said, 'The Jeff Buckley story hasn't been told, and we're huge fans.' So that's a start, but one of them said, 'Wow it's got the love story, you meet your wife on the road with Jeff Buckley".

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