That film based on Morbius the Living Vampire just got one step closer to reality.
Variety reports former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is in “final talks” to join the production alongside star Jared Leto. Safe House‘s Daniel Espinosa is slated to direct the picture.
Created in 1971 by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, Dr. Micheal Morbius’s (to be played by Leto in the film) is the victim of a rare blood disorder whose research into the condition inadvertently gives him vampire-like powers and a craving for hemoglobin. Never finding a cure, he eventually found himself part of Marvel’s supernatural roster. The character was designed as a tragic and sympathetic antagonist for the Webhead — a recurring feature of Spider-Man comics — in his initial story and would go on to appear in a number of other titles before finally getting a book of his own in 1992.
But just who will Smith play? Feel free to guess as it could be just about anyone in from the Spider-Man library controlled by Sony. Variety describes the role as “major,” so it is possible he will be Morbius’s foe.
In the meantime, Smith’s participation suggests the film will be in production before too long, but no release date has been announced.