With Sony Pictures having a big panel at San Diego Comic-Con tonight, the studio will be providing updates to their latest Marvel projects, including Nightwatch, Silver and Black, and Morbius. In addition, it was recently confirmed that for Morbius, Jared Leto would be playing the title character. It turns out that Sony is now scouting for two more primary characters for the film: the villain and the female lead.
The film, which will be directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by Mark Shazama and Burk Sharpless, will feature Dr. Michael Morbius fighting against a currently unnamed antagonist who was previously a friend of his. According to the casting department is currently looking for a middle-aged male, and actors Riz Ahmed and Rami Malek are being considered as “prototypes” for the role. Given that this character starts out as Morbius’ friend, it is likely that he will be some variation of Emil Nikos.
The other lead that Sony is searching for is an unnamed female character who is an “intelligent, cutthroat businesswoman”. Unlike the villain, no actor is being considered at the moment, though the studio is looking for a woman of any ethnicity between 25 and 40. Although this description is bare, there is a chance that this could be the former magazine publisher Martine Bancroft.
No release date has been set and there is no confirmed start date for the production, though it is likely this information and more will be revealed at Sony’s panel at SDCC tonight. Perhaps more details for these characters will be provided, in addition to revealing the studio’s other Marvel projects.
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Source: That Hashtag Show
Morbius‘ release date has yet to be confirmed.
Morbius – Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.