Matt Smith joins a cast that includes Jared Leto (Suicide Squad, Blade Runner 2049) as Morbius and Adria Arjona as Martine, the fiancée of the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist. Smith’s credits include Doctor Who and The Crown, and he has a role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX.
In the comics, Morbius is dying from a rare disorder dissolving his blood cells and secretly begins working on a cure. After experimenting with serums that include distilled fluids from bats, Morbius turns into something resembling a vampire and is fearful that he will hurt Martine.
Daniel Espinosa (Life, Safe House) is set to direct the movie. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama co-wrote the script. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster. Palak Patel will oversee for the studio.
Created by writer Roy Thomas and originally designed by penciler Gil Kane, Morbius the Living Vampire first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #101 in October 1971.