Jared Leto could be seeing the world through bloodshot eyes…
The 45-year-old part-Spanish American actor, singer-songwriter and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman is in talks to star in Sony’s Bloodshot, based on indie comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment’s IP.
The project is being directed by Dave Wilson, who is partnered with Deadpool director Tim Miller’s at Blur Studios.
If a deal can be reached, Leto would star as Bloodshot’s protagonist Angelo Mortalli, a ruthless killer for the mob who is set up by the family and framed for murder. He instead goes into Witness Protection, but is betrayed by an FBI agent guarding him, kidnapped and forcibly subjected to an experimental program in which his body is injected with microscopic computers called nanites. They erase his brain and rebuild it and his body to be a weapon with superhuman strength and healing powers.
The character was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton in 1992.
Sequels are planned for both Harbinger and Bloodshot before the title characters meet in Harbinger Wars, which is based on Valiant’s 2013 comic book crossover.
Leto previously starred as The Joker in Suicide Squad.