Even a vampire hunter needs someone to watch his back.
The delayed, postponed and otherwise clouded-in-mystery Marvel Studios reboot of the 1998 Blade horror film has had its director, screenwriter and star for some time now, but this week, reports surfaced that may shed some light on the movie’s supporting cast of characters.
The continuing casting process reportedly is ongoing and, according to murphysmultiverse.com, a call has gone out for three characters that bear a strong resemblance to Blade’s comic book canon.
It is reported the producers are looking for Abid (“a burly South Asian character who has taken a vow of silence after a turbulent life”), Huntley (“a man from 40 to 60”) and Faiza (“a French-speaking North African female between 20 and 40”).
Speculation has the Abid character is likely Taj Nital (introduced in Tomb of Dracula No. 3), the Huntley character is likely Quincy Harker (son of Jonathan and Mina Harker from Bram Stoker’s novel and Tomb of Dracula) and the Faiza character is Rachel Van Helsing (granddaughter of vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing).
If all this pans out, the next logical step would be that the Blade reboot may indeed bring Dracula himself into the storyline. Time, and the next revelation, will tell.
The Blade reboot–directed by Bassam Tariq from a screenplay by Stacy Osei-Kuffour–stars Oscar winner Mahershala Ali in the lead role and Delroy Lindo in an undisclosed role. Filming is expected to start this summer in Atlanta.
The film–projected to debut 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 official synopsis.
Brooks, a “human-vampire hybrid since his tragic birth,” has spent his long life “seeking to rid the world of vampires like the one who killed his mother. Over the years, he has mastered his own style of fighting monsters of all kinds.”
The first Wesley Snipes-led Blade film–directed by Stephen Norrington from a screenplay by David S. Goyer–led to Blade II and Blade: Trinity.
The Marvel Comics Blade character was created back in 1973, when writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan 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.