Jared Leto to star in Sony Spider-Man Title 'Morbius'

Actor Jared Leto has signed on to star in "Morbius", a spin-off centering on Spider-Man's nemesis Morbius: The Living Vampire.

Daniel Espinosa, who has films such as "Safe House" and "Life" to his credit, will direct the project for Sony, with a script from Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama

The film will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach alongside Lucas Foster.

Leto, 46, will play Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tried to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and bats. However, the results were catastrophic and he developed vampiric qualities.

Morbius: The Living Vampire battled with Spider-man on numerous occasions but over the time he became a slightly heroic figure in his own right. The character was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane and first featured in "Amazing Spider-Man".

This is the second comic book character that the Oscar-winning actor will be playing on-screen. He played the iconic villain Joker in the Warner Bros' 2016 antihero ensemble "Suicide Squad".

"Morbius" is just the latest Spidey spinoff confirmed by Sony, joining the Tom Hardy-led Venom, which is due for release in October this year.