Scary Motion Billboard Hypes Next Week’s ‘Morbius’ Debut

by Thomas Tuna

Morbius is coming–in ways you never expected.

A frightening motion billboard has been unveiled in several big cities to promote Sony Pictures’ Morbius feature that hits theaters next week–April 1. Check out the Twitter post on this page–courtesy of comicbook.com–that shows one of these imaginative promotions.

Morbius–from director Daniel Espinosa and screenwriters Matt Sazama, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Burk Sharpless–stars Jared Leto as Morbius the Living Vampire, Matt Smith as Milo, Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft, Jared Harris as Dr. Nicholas, Al Madrigal as Alberto Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson as Simon Stroud and Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes (aka the Vulture).

In the film, Morbius–who suffers from a rare blood disorder–“attempts a desperate gamble,” according to the logline. “While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil–or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?”

Leto, in a recent interview with Screen Rant, explained what drew him to this big-screen version of a tormented living vampire. “I’ve always loved vampires,” the Oscar winner said. “I love the Anne Rice novels. One of the very first movies I saw was the black-and-white (1931) Dracula. And I love The Hunger with David Bowie–a great film not a lot of people have seen.”

Leto added that, for him, “there’s something iconic about the opportunity. It’s one of those roles you want to play–so it’s great to do a different spin. This isn’t exactly a vampire, but some of those qualities are there.”

The Marvel Comics Morbius character–created by writer/editor Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane–first appeared as a villain 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 any last-minute updates on Morbius.

 

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