Variety is exclusively reporting that Matt Smith is the latest name to join the cast of Sony Picture’s upcoming Spider-Man spinoff film Morbius.
Morbius focuses on Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who tries to cure himself from a fatal blood disease, he injects himself with a treatment serum derived from bats, with tragic results. He becomes afflicted with traits of a vampire, including fangs and a thirst for human blood, which more often than not put him at odds against Spider-Man.
The Morbius character was created for the comics back in 1971 by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane for “The Amazing Spider-Man issue 101”, and would start off as Spider-Man’s nemesis before evolving into his own as a comic hero as the decades went on.
The report doesn’t know who Matt Smith (whose credits include The Crown and Mapplethorpe) will be playing in the film, though they do note that it is a major role. He’ll join a cast that includes Jared Leto and Adria Arjona.
The Morbius spinoff script is written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, with Daniel Espinosa directing and Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Lucas Foster serving as producers on the project.