Tyrese Gibson could briefly be steeping out from behind the steering wheel; the ‘Fast and Furious’ actor has entered negotiations to join the ‘Spider-Man’ spin-off, ‘Morbius’.
Gibson would be joining cast members Jared Leto, Matt Smith and Adria Arjona. At present, which role he would be playing hasn’t been revealed.
Daniel Espinosa will take the helm on the pictures. Lost in Space’s Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama have penned the script. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster.
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The film will centre on Dr Michael Morbius a living vampire and antihero. In the comics, he was originally a scientist from Greece but due to a debilitating blood disease, he developed an experimental treatment involving vampire bats and electroshocks. Its side effects turned him into a pseudo-vampire (Vampire mutant) who needed to consume blood in order to survive and gained typical vampire characteristics such as an aversion to sunlight, and the powers of flight, enhanced strength, speed, and healing (a healing factor). As well as going up against Spider-man on his arrival to the US, Morbius has also crossed paths with both The Fantastic Four’s Human Torch and The X Men’s Professor X.
Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane and first appeared in 1971’s Amazing Spider-Man No. 101, the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.
Gibson has recently attached himself to the biopic on soul singer Teddy Pendergrass in which he will star and produce. He is currently filming ‘Black and Blue’ which he will follow-up with the 9th film in the ‘Fast and Furious’ saga.