EXCLUSIVE: Adria Arjona is in talks to play Martine, the female lead in Sony’s Morbius feature film which has Jared Leto starring. Daniel Espinosa is directing the Spider-Man Universe spinoff based on Marvel Comics’ antihero Morbius the Living Vampire.
Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, the renowned biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius first debuted in the 1970s The Amazing Spider-Man #101 issue. He attempts to cure a fatal blood disease by injecting himself with a treatment serum derived from bats, which transforms him into the anti-hero Morbius. He has all the qualities of a vampire, including a taste for human blood.
In the comics, Martine, who is engaged to Morbius, becomes a potential victim to his bloodlust as he grapples with the transformation that has made him a weird laboratory version of the supernatural vampires of lore.
Sony declined to comment on Arjona.
Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama co-wrote the Morbius script. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster. Palak Patel will oversee for the studio.
In addition to this, Arjona has signed on for Olivier Assayas’ spy drama Wasp Network, joining Penélope Cruz, Pedro Pascal, and Edgar Ramirez. Based on Fernando Morais’ book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War, the film tells the true story of Cuban spies in American territory during the 1990s, revealing the tentacles of a Florida-based terrorist network — with ramifications in Central America and with the consent of the U.S. government. Shooting is scheduled to commence early 2019.
Arjona, who made TV history as the first Latina and bilingual Dorothy in NBC’s short-lived series Emerald City, was most recently seen on the big screen in Universal’s Pacific Rim Uprising and the Melissa McCarthy-starrer Life of the Party. Repped by UTA, Anonymous Content, and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, her upcoming projects include Netflix’s Michael Bay movie Six Underground opposite Ryan Reynolds and Corey Hawkins and Triple Frontier with Ben Affleck, as well as Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens series at Amazon.
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