Blade has passed the torch–and all his other vampire-hunting gear.
Wesley Snipes–famous for breathing cinematic life into Marvel’s vampire/human hybrid in three well-received movies–has moved on from the role, and seems to be content in doing so, according to a report on screenrant.com.
Snipes–who many fans hoped would reprise his Blade persona in the upcoming film reboot–said in a recent interview that he’s “cool with that,” and added that he had spoken to his successor–Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. “The issue of him being cast wasn’t between us,” Snipes said.
“I don’t walk around as Blade,” Snipes added, “so I’m not attached to the character like that. I feel no emotional loss–zero. And I’m happy that he’s being recast, and he will more than likely do a great job.”
What about some advice for the new Daywalker? “Make sure you’re in shape,” Snipes said. “Try not to get hurt. The demands of an action movie are you’ve gotta be an elite athlete. Be well-conditioned to survive and to avoid injury.” And, he added, “Enjoy it while it lasts.”
Earlier this month, Ali said he is “excited to get going” on the reboot–as reported here in Horror News Network–and confirmed that shooting is on the horizon. “We’re getting there,” he said. “We’re getting close.”
A good sign for the film’s progress is the news that Delroy Lindo will join Ali in the cast in an undisclosed role. Lindo can now be seen in The Harder They Fall on Netflix. Very little is known at this point about the reboot’s storyline, but it is expected the film will hit theaters sometime in 2023.
This new Blade is directed by Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli) from a screenplay by Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Watchmen). “Marvel takes big swings,” Tariq said, “and I’m just so excited for what we’re doing.”
The Marvel Comics Blade character was created back in 1973, when writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan wanted to add to the supporting cast of the award-winning Tomb of Dracula.
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