Jared Leto will play a vampire in a new Spider-Man spin-off

'Morbius, the Living Vampire' is part of the Spider-Man universe

Jared Leto has signed on to star as a vampire in the forthcoming Spider-Man spin-off movie ‘Morbius, the Living Vampire’.

The script is written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama – the pair behind the recent Lost in Space reboot on Netflix – while Daniel Espinosa will direct.

Leto’s character Dr. Michael Morbius is a scientist who tries to cure his rare blood disease with terrible consequences. Instead of a cure, he develops fangs, super strength and a taste for blood. He first appeared in 1971’s Amazing Spider-Man No. 101 – the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.

Meanwhile, Tom Hardy is gearing up to star as another villain in the Spider-Man universe. ‘Venom’ will see the actor playing Eddie Brock, a freelance photographer who becomes infected by an alien lifeform and turns into a half-human, half-alien villain – and who sees Spider-Man as his arch nemesis.

Venom will hit UK cinemas on October 5, and is directed by Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer.

Last month, it was revealed that Leto is keen to play Jeff Buckley in a new biopic.

“I have been approached, and there are some people reading the book right now. Movies take a long time, I don’t claim to be an expert at it, but the basis is there,” Buckley’s former manager Dave Lory told 90’s Music podcast Desperate Times.

“The two people who are reading it, I can’t name obviously because they haven’t said yes, but they said, ‘The Jeff Buckley story hasn’t been told, and we’re huge fans.’ So that’s a start, but one of them said, ‘Wow it’s got the love story, you meet your wife on the road with Jeff Buckley. You get married, you have two kids, there’s tragedy, there’s musical genius. It’s got everything you need.’