It’s been like pulling teeth (fangs?) to get new information on the much-anticipated Blade remake, but the logjam broke a bit this week.
A new cast member–Aaron Pierre (M. Night Shyamalan’s Old)–was signed to co-star with lead Mahershala Ali and the previously announced Delroy Lindo, according to Deadline. It is not known what part Pierre will play.
It may be revealing to note that this mystery part reportedly was highly coveted, and sources indicated that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige met and interviewed dozens of actors. Pierre reportedly got the inside track in recent weeks.
The Blade reboot–directed by Bassam Tariq from a screenplay by Stacy Osei-Kuffour– is being produced by Feige. The film is expected to start shooting this summer in Atlanta.
This remake of the 1998 Wesley Snipes-led vampire movie–projected to premiere sometime next year–follows Daywalker Eric Brooks, “a half-human, half-vampire who has honed his abilities to hunt down the undead who have long terrorized mankind,” according to the logline.
The Marvel Comics Blade character was created back in 1973, when writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan (ably assisted by talented inker Tom Palmer) wanted to add to the cast of their award-winning Tomb of Dracula.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on the new Blade.