The Sony spider-man spinoff verse is stepping up its casting game, Jared Harris Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows has joined Jared Leto in the upcoming MORBIUS movie. His role is being kept under wraps for the time being.
Harris will join Jared Leto who plays renowned biochemist Michael Morbius, who becomes a vampiric antihero after injecting himself with a serum derived from bats in an attempt to cure a rare blood disease.
Sony’s Spider-verse is adding more star power to its slate of upcoming films. It is being reported by Variety that Primetime Emmy nominee actor Matt Smith Doctor Who, The Crown, and Terminator Genisys; and he can be seen later this year in Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode IX, where he reportedly has a key role has entered final negotiations with Sony Pictures to join their upcoming Spider-Man universe spinoff, Morbius, which stars Academy Award-winner Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius who turns himself into a living vampire.
As for now the details on his role are being kept under wraps, but the report does describe it as major, which more than likely means he could be playing the primary antagonist. But nothing can fully be confirmed until the studio releases the official news.
In addition to Leto and Smith, so far castign announcements include Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim Uprising) who will also star in a key role. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House; Life) is helming the project with a script from Lost in Space creators Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.
Sony is clearly keeping the ball rolling on their Marvel movie projects. Today they announced two dates for untitled marvel projects. They will release “Untitled Sony/Marvel” movie on 7/10/20 and “Untitled Sony/Marvel Sequel” on 10/02/20. Now we know that the Sony Marvel film Spider-Man Far From Home is coming out in 2019 and we definitely will not get a follow up that soon, those two films are seemingly the Morbius: The Living Vampire film starring Jared Leto and Venom 2 – especially since the first one has dominated at the box office unexpectedly. This includes an incredible debut in China.
A prime summer slot like July seems like an odd choice for what many have assumed will be a horror movie in Morbius, but Leto is a big name and the studio will probably take it down the blockbuster route anyway. Now Silver & Black was supposed to be one of the films but it had been pushed back and as it seems that’s obviously not happening now. The solo outings revolving around the two heroes are probably a good few years away.
The only superhero films that we know of in 2020 are Marvel Studios Black Widow and the Eternals as well as Warner Bros. Birds Of Prey. Clearly as of now with the Fox/ Disney merger there are not any of the Fox films on the horizon, this adds two more to the list which makes for a very interesting year.