Tyrese Gibson joins Marvel spin-off Morbius

Tyrese Gibson is joining Jared Leto in Spider-Man spin-off Morbius.It’s not known who the Fast & Furious franchise regular will be playing, but Leto, who also plays The Joker in DC movies, was confirmed as the Marvel villain in June (18). Former Doct…

Tyrese Gibson is joining Jared Leto in Spider-Man spin-off Morbius.

It’s not known who the Fast & Furious franchise regular will be playing, but Leto, who also plays The Joker in DC movies, was confirmed as the Marvel villain in June (18). Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith was also added to the cast at the start of the year.

Marvel baddie Morbius was introduced to comic book fans in 1971. Written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Gil Kane, the character’s backstory reveals him to be a scientist who tried to cure himself of a blood disease, with tragic results, leading to him being afflicted with vampire traits such as fangs and a thirst for blood. He wound up becoming an enemy of the web-slinging superhero.

Morbius is being directed by Daniel Espinosa, whose last film was 2017’s Life. The Sony flick is slated for a 2020 release.

Gibson is a comic fan himself, and brought out his own three-issue mini-series, Mayhem!, in 2009, published through Image Comics.

“When I was out (at Comic-Con promoting Death Race) I really got to know some of the fans and I was just asking questions like, ‘Look at you, you’ve got a full on Superman costume on or Batman costume,’ and they were just like, ‘I just love comic books.’ It was the first time I was ever exposed to that much selfless passion, to the point to where you don’t care how silly you may look – you don’t even consider it silly,” he previously told CNN.

“That really did something for me, because I’m motivated by passion. I thought I want to figure a way to be a part of this world, and that’s when Mayhem was born.”

He lobbied for the role of the Green Lantern in 2015, Photoshopping images of himself as the character across his Instagram page when it was announced a new movie was in the works at Warner Bros.

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Jared Leto to play Spider-Man villain Morbius in spin-off

Jared Leto has reportedly been tapped to portray comic book villain Morbius in a Spider-Man spin-off. The Oscar-winning actor will take on the titular character in Life director Daniel Espinosa’s new movie. According to Variety, he had been loosely at…

Jared Leto has reportedly been tapped to portray comic book villain Morbius in a Spider-Man spin-off.

The Oscar-winning actor will take on the titular character in Life director Daniel Espinosa’s new movie. According to Variety, he had been loosely attached to the project for a while, but only committed to it after meeting the filmmakers who were up for the job and making sure the movie was heading in the right direction. He reportedly met with Espinosa in Germany last month (May18) while he was on tour with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Morbius was created for The Amazing Spider-Man comics in 1971 and made infrequent appearances over the years until 1992, when the character was revived in the Morbius, the Living Vampire series, which run until 1995.

In the comics, Morbius is a scientist who develops vampire-like traits, such as fangs and a thirst for blood, and superhuman abilities following a failed biochemical experiment in which he tried to cure himself of a blood disease.

This would mark Leto’s second time portraying a comic book villain – he previously played The Joker in the 2016 DC Comics movie Suicide Squad, a role he is thought to be reprising in a standalone Joker film, and a possible spin-off starring the Joker and Harley Quinn.

The Morbius film is being written by screenwriting duo Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, known for Dracula Untold and Netflix series Lost in Space. It will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach with Lucas Foster.

The film has not been given a release date, but it set to go into production later this year. It will likely be another instalment in Sony’s Marvel Universe, a rival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) owned by Disney. Sony’s version kicks off in October with Spider-Man spin-off Venom, starring Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, and Michelle Williams.

Sony owns the rights to the Spider-Man world, but bosses reached a deal with Disney in 2015 so the character, portrayed by Tom Holland, could appear Captain America: Civil War and subsequent Avengers movies. Holland is preparing to film standalone Spider-Man sequel Far From Home.

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