Marvel has over a dozen new projects in the pipeline through to 2024, from its traditional movie slate to a bunch of new TV arrivals on Disney Plus.
One of the titles we’re eagerly anticipating is the new Blade movie, starring two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali as the titular vampire hunter.
Ever since Ali was announced as the star bringing the human-vampire hybrid firmly into the MCU back in July 2019, we’ve wondered who might be joining him on screen.
The first name was floated at the end of 2021, with Delroy Lindo reportedly having joined Ali in Marvel Studios’ Blade.
And now the cast of the Blade reboot is starting to come together, with The Underground Railroad star Aaron Pierre onboard.
Deadline reports that the actor has signed on for an important role in the movie, though there’s still no word on who Pierre will play. More on this below.
Created as a supporting character in Marvel’s comic universe in 1973 and previously played by Wesley Snipes on the silver screen, Blade quickly became a cult favourite.
Little is known about the plot of the reboot, but Blade’s backstory – a half-vampire called Eric Brooks determined to exterminate all bloodsuckers using his skills and supernatural abilities – is sure to make for a very different entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Plans for a new incarnation of Blade were first unveiled during Marvel’s presentation at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Little has been revealed about Marvel Cinematic Universe’s take on the character, but Ali’s voice can be heard in the Eternals post-credits scene.
But what can we expect from Ali's new Blade? What information has been released and who's in the cast? Check out everything we currently know about the Blade reboot below.
When is the Blade reboot coming to cinemas?
The new version of Blade does not currently have a release date.
Apparently, Blade isn’t even a part of Marvel’s Phase Four, which kicked off in 2020 with Black Widow and continues over several films and new streaming series still airing.
In other words we have to get through Black Widow, Thor 4, Doctor Strange 2, The Eternals, Shang Chi and (probably) Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel and Black Panther sequels before we’ll get to see Ali’s vampire-hunter in action.
The Blade reboot is set to start filming in summer 2022 in Atlanta, according to the industry magazine Production Weekly.
Who’s in the cast of Blade?
As noted, Mahershala Ali has been cast in the central role of Blade, the half-vampire daywalker who hunts down creatures of the night in the Marvel universe.
Ali previously appeared in Netflix’s tie-in Marvel series Luke Cage as villain Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes and in animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, so he definitely has some superhero pedigree, and apparently he was pivotal in getting the Blade reboot made in the first place.
According to Marvel boss Kevin Feige, immediately after bagging his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Green Book, Ali called him to set up a meeting, and then pitched the concept of a Blade movie starring himself.
"When Mahershala calls, you answer," Feige told the Hollywood Reporter.
As mentioned above, Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods and The Harder They Fall) will star alongside Mahershala Ali in the upcoming Blade reboot in a mystery role.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lindo was in final negotiations to join Ali in Blade at the end of last year, but his role is unclear.
And now the cast of the Blade reboot is starting to come together, with The Underground Railroad star Aaron Pierre aboard.
Deadline reports that the actor has signed on for an important role in the movie, though details about his role are yet to be disclosed.
No other cast members have been announced at this time.
However, Blade's voice-only appeared in the post-credits scene of Eternals when Kit Harington's Dane Whitman handled the Ebony Blade. Perhaps we can expect the history professor to make an appearance here too.
An appearance from Whitman was hinted at by Eternals VFX Supervisor Stephane Ceretti when speaking to ComicBook.com.
Ceretti commented on the appearance of Whitman's Ebony Blade in the post-credits scene and noted: "The funny thing is my second on the show, which is Mårten Larsson my additional supervisor, is actually going to be supervising Blade very soon.
"So I told him, I said, 'I'm giving that to you as a gift, use it wisely and make good out of it.' But I'm sure it's going to do actually even better."
Is there a trailer for the new Blade film?
As the new Blade film has yet to officially begin filming, there is no sign of a trailer for the new film.
We will update this article and share the footage as soon as it becomes available.
Wasn’t there a Blade movie before?
Yes there was – three in fact, all of which starred Wesley Snipes as the titular vampire-hunter from 1998 to 2004, and which are sometimes credited with kicking off the modern age of superhero cinema in which we’re now living.
The first Blade and Blade II were particularly critically acclaimed and also starred Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Dorff, Donnie Yen, Danny John-Jules and Donal Logue among others, though third movie Blade: Trinity (which added Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel to the action) was less popular and ended the franchise (apart from an attempted TV reboot with a new cast in 2006).
And despite some consternation from his fans (who would have liked to see him return) Snipes has given Ali his blessing in taking over the role.
“To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx,” said Snipes in a statement to TheWrap.
“Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s ALL GOOD. Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew — always a fan. Honor and respect to the grandmaster Stan.
“Congratulations and Salaam to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah, we will someday work together.”
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