'Morbius': Adria Arjona in Early Talks to Join Jared Leto

The 'Pacific Rim' star would play Martine Bancroft, who in the comics was engaged to Dr. Michael Morbius.
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Adria Arjona

Adria Arjona has found a new role to sink her teeth into.

The Pacific Rim: Uprising star is in early talks to appear opposite Jared Leto in Morbius, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Sony had no comment on the casting.

She would play Martine Bancroft, who in the comics was engaged to Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease and turned himself into a living vampire while seeking a cure. She debuted in 1971's Amazing Spider-Man No. 102 and could be said to be accidentally responsible for Morbius’ transformation into a vampire-like creature, as it’s the human Morbius’ love for fiancee Martine that drives him to experiment on himself.  

Scandinavian filmmaker Daniel Espinosa, who helmed the sci-fi thriller Life, is directing Morbius. The film has a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, the team behind Netflix’s Lost in Space remake. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster.

Arjona previously starred as Dorothy on NBC's Emerald City. Coming up, she has Michael Bay's 6 Underground, opposite Ryan Reynolds, as well as Triple Frontier, opposite Charlie Hunnam and Ben Affleck.

The notion Sony's universe of Spider-Man characters succeeding without Spider-Man at its center was given a big boost in October after Tom Hardy's Venom overperformed at the box office. It has earned more than $852 million globally. The studio has the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in theaters this weekend.  

Arjona is repped by UTA.

—Graeme McMillan contributed to this story.