Fan-favorite Marvel antihero Morbius will head to the silver screen next year for his own solo film, with Jared Leto playing the character. But in an era where comic book TV shows and movies try to stay relatively faithful to the source material, Leto actually turned to the character's co-creator, Roy Thomas, for advice on the Living Vampire.
As exclusively revealed to CBR by Thomas's manager, John Cimino, Leto called Thomas while in London to talk about the character, which led to Thomas helping Leto out with the role.
"Had a nice conversation this afternoon [Sat. 3-15-19] with Jared Leto, the Oscar-winning actor who plays Morbius in the upcoming film about the character that Gil Kane and I created back in 1971," Thomas said. "Jared phoned from London and we had a talk about the origins, motivations, and torment of the character. Sounds to me as if he and the producers, directors, et al., have definitely nailed Morbius as we conceived him, and I look forward to seeing the movie. I would guess it will come out in 2020."
While the film will certainly take liberties, Thomas's statement makes it clear that the cast and crew have captured the essence of Morbius, while Leto showed respect for Thomas by contacting him for advice on the character.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Life) from a script written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Lost in Space), Sony's Morbius stars Jared Leto as the titular character, Matt Smith as Loxias Crown, Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft and Jared Harris. The film will hit theaters on July 31, 2020.