Tyrese Gibson Joins Spider-Man Villain Spinoff 'Morbius' Opposite Jared Leto
The actor is in talks to join Sony's comic book movie, which features Jared Leto as the titular villain.
The story centers on Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who attempts to cure himself of a fatal blood disease with a serum derived from bats. The treatment has disastrous results, turning him into the antihero Morbius, who has all the qualities of a vampire — including fangs, super strength, and a taste for human blood.
Gibson will play an FBI agent trying to hunt down Morbius.
The cast also includes Matt Smith as the main antagonist, Loxias Crown, who also suffers from the same blood disease; Adria Arjona as the love interest; and Jared Harris as Morbius’ mentor.
Sony has been developing its Spidey-verse for some time and found tremendous success with last year's "Venom." The studio is also working on "Silver and Black," featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat. Their universe does not overlap with the Spider-Man played by Tom Holland in the Marvel movies.
Gibson is set to begin filming the next "Fast and Furious" movie this summer. He is also producing and starring in an upcoming biopic about Philadelphia-born R&B singer/songwriter Teddy Pendergrass.