Matt Smith has made quite a name for himself in recent years. The English actor has played the eleventh incarnation of Doctor Who, and he’ll be hopping aboard this year’s Star Wars: Episode IX. Now, he’ll become the newest addition to Marvel’s ever growing world of cinematic characters.
Variety has confirmed today that Matt Smith has landed a leading role in Sony’s Morbius, based on the Marvel character of the same name. So far, the only detail known about Smith’s role is that it’s a big one, so it’s not certain who exactly he’ll be playing as of yet. The film is set to enter principal photography as early as next month.
Morbius first debuted in 1971 in Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man #101, and is often featured as one of the web head’s most sinister villains. The character was created by writer Roy Thomas, and artist Gil Kane. Though he’s a bit more obscure when it comes to Spidey’s rogues gallery, Morbius has remained a fan favorite over the years, and Venom’s success will likely give Jared Leto’s Marvel film a big box office boost.
The film will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Life), and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Netflix’s Lost in Space).
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Marvel and Sony’s “Morbius” – “A horror action story of a scientist who, in trying to find a cure for a rare blood disease, accidentally transformed himself into a living vampire who, though disgusted by his own bloodlust, chooses to prey upon criminals he deems unworthy of life.”