Delroy Lindo, who is currently starring in “The Harder They Fall” on Netflix, is in talks to join “Blade,” Marvel Studios’ reboot of the vampire-hunting hero, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.
Bassam Tariq, best known for directing Riz Ahmed in “Mogul Mowgli,” is attached to direct. Playwright Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who was a story editor and writer on HBO’s “Watchmen,” will write the script for “Blade.”
Two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali is attached to star as the titular character. The franchise previously starred Wesley Snipes, who portrayed the vampire hunter in the 1998 film “Blade,” written by David S. Goyer and directed by Stephen Norrington, as well as “Blade II” in 2002 and “Blade: Trinity” in 2004.
Blade is a half-man, half-vampire who fights to protect the human race, with abilities as a master swordsman and marksman. Created by Marv Wolfman and drawn by penciler Gene Colan, Blade first appeared as a supporting character in 1973 and starred in his own title shortly thereafter.
“Blade” is part of Marvel Studios’ next phase, following the “Infinity Saga” that was announced during Marvel’s Hall H presentation at Comic-Con back in the summer of 2019. “Blade” is due to begin shooting in late summer 2022.
A veteran character actor, Lindo had a recent role in “Da 5 Bloods,” Spike Lee’s war drama that also starred the late Chadwick Boseman. Delroy Lindo is repped by APA.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
Marvel couldn’t be reached for comment.