Jared Leto: Michael Morbius Is The “Perfect” Role For Me

by Thomas Tuna

It’s a magical thing when an actor and a role meet at that special time and place.

And it seems that happened for Oscar winner Jared Leto with his lead role in Marvel’s upcoming vampire film Morbius. Leto, well known for his uncanny ability to transform his appearance to fit almost any role, was tested by the part of the living vampire.

Leto, during a recent interview with Deadline, said Morbius gave him “the opportunity to have this character that really makes three significant transformations. He starts off very, very sick searching for a cure for his disease”

Then, the actor added, “he finds a cure and he becomes more powerful and stronger that he’s ever been before. Then, there is another transformation. It was kind of the perfect role for me. Honestly, I enjoyed it quite a bit.”

Another aspect of the demanding role that attracted Leto was that the film told a “Jekyll and Hyde story that’s just big and fun…and a little scary. I’m excited about it. It should be a big, fun popcorn movie.”

Morbius–recently bumped back from its expected release date of Jan. 28–will premiere April 1 in IMAX and premium large formats.

Morbius–directed by Daniel Espinosa from a screenplay by Burk Sharpless, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Matt Sazama–follows Dr. Michael Morbius as he searches for that elusive cure, but “a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil–or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?”

The PG-13-rated Sony Pictures film stars Leto, along with Jared Harris as Morbius’ mentor, Tyrese Gibson as an FBI agent trying to hunt him down, Adria Arjona as his fiancée Martine Bancroft, Matt Smith as Loxias Crown and Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes (aka the Vulture from the Spider-Man universe).

The Marvel Comics Morbius character–created by editor/writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane–first appeared in The Amazing SpiderMan No101 in 1971, and later starred in the black-and-white Vampire Tales from 1973-1975.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Morbius.


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