Mahershala Ali to play Blade in new Marvel film
On the back of a big week of announcements from Marvel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, it pulled another trick out of its very large hat: there’s a new blade film in the works, and it will star Mahershala Ali as the titular vampire hunter.
Ali made an appearance during Marvel’s panel right at the end, to reveal the news that he will be taking the sword from Wesley Snipes (who played the day-walking half-man, half-vampire in films spanning 1998 to 2004).
This will be Ali’s first foray into the world of Marvel movies, but not TV series. Li played a memorable villain in the first season of Luke Cage.
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Coincidentally, Ali played opposed Stephen Dorff in the third season of True Detective. Dorff played one of the main stars of the original Blade.
Not much else is known about the film, and Marvel does like to play its cards very close to its chest. Judging by the character announcement – and lack of any directors or co-stars attached to the project – we’d guess the film won’t be out until 2022 (at the earliest).