In the Sony Pictures comic book adaptation, Leto (Suicide Squad, Blade Runner 2049) plays Morbius and Adria Arjona is Martine, the fiancée of the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist.
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.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that Matt Smith will play the villain, Loxias Crown, Morbius’ best friend who also suffers from the blood disease, Harris is Morbius’ mentor, while Gibson is an FBI agent trying to hunt down the living vampire.
Daniel Espinosa (Life, Safe House) is currently directing the movie, scheduled for a July 31, 2020 release. 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.