Jared Leto is set to star in Morbius, a new movie from Sony Pictures. The first trailer has just been released, showing more details from the comic book movie.
The film focuses on a living vampire named Morbius — played by Jared — who was known as an enemy of Spider-Man in the Marvel comics. He was also known as Dr. Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning doctor who had a rare blood condition that needed a cure in order to live.
When Dr. Morbius “found” the cure to his disease, he accidentally turned himself into a “pseudo-vampire,” gaining vampire bat-like qualities, including echolocation and thirst for blood, as well as superhuman physical characteristics, flight, clairvoyance, and immortality, among others.
The trailer shows Jared as Morbius, who works as a biochemist who treats people while also looking for the cure to his blood disease. He does various experiments, until one day, he went to a cave full of bats, cut himself with a dagger, and held his wounded hand up for the bats to devour. Little did he know that the process would make him into a “living vampire” — and a vengeful one at that.
According to Collider, Sony Entertainment started production on Morbius in February 2019. While it is big news, especially with Jared as the main character, details have been kept confidential. Per the same publication, the film will most likely show the origin of the character and not as a villain in the Spider-Man series.
The film’s latest trailer was uploaded to YouTube today. After only a few hours of being live, the video gained more than 450,000 views. It also amassed over 40,000 likes from avid Marvel fans around the world. It also received about 1,000 dislikes, as some viewers might still be skeptical about the film.
Jared will be joined by Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft, Morbius’s fiancée, Matt Smith as Loxias Crown, someone who has the same rare blood disease as Morbius, and Jared Smith, who plays Morbius’s mentor and whose character name is yet to be revealed.
The Dallas Buyers Club actor previously portrayed Joker, the infamous DC Comics villain in Suicide Squad in 2016. It was reported by E! News that when Jared was “getting into character,” he terrified his co-stars with “gifts.” He gave a live rat to Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn. He also gave bullets to Will Smith, who played Deadshot, and a dead pig to the entire cast during rehearsal.