Matt Smith Joins Jared Leto in ‘Morbius’


Matt Smith may be famous for playing Doctor Who. But now, he’s going to face a new kind of doctor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he has officially joined “Morbius,” the upcoming “Spider-Man” spinoff. Character details are currently unknown. However, Smith’s involvement certainly gives the film some prestige.

Smith just ended his run on “The Crown,” earning an Emmy nomination for his work on season two. Also, he’ll appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX” where he has another mysterious role. In addition, he has the espionage thriller “Official Secrets” premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. So, this project adds to his busy, eclectic slate.

“Morbius” centers on Jared Leto as the villainous Dr. Michael Morbius. Morbius is a scientist with a rare genetic disease who tried curing himself. However, he ended up turning into a vampire and became one of Spider-Man’s most dangerous foes. Filmmaker Daniel Espinosa, who previously directed “Life” and “Safe House,” is at the helm. Also, Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, the screenwriters of the “Lost In Space” reboot, are penning the script.

Because Morbius is going to be a central character, it’s possible the film could be another “Venom” and have him be an anti-hero. If that’s the case, Matt Smith could play the villain, being the Riz Ahmed to Jared Leto’s Morbius. But regardless of who Smith is playing, his involvement proves to be intriguing. Plus, with a director and screenwriters involved along with acting talent, “Morbius” is really starting to move forward.

Along with the upcoming “Venom 2,” it looks like “Morbius” is the next film in Sony’s shared Spider-Man universe to be released.

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