Wesley Snipes: Upcoming ‘Blade’ Reboot Is In Good Hands

by Thomas Tuna

From one Blade to another: Go get ’em.

Wesley Snipes–the star of the first three Blade feature films–recently added his two cents on the much-discussed reboot–and expressed confidence in his successor in the Daywalker role.

Snipes–during an interview with Forbes–talked about how he feels about Oscar winner Mahershala Ali in the part he made famous back in 1998. Ali will ace the part, Snipes said, “because he’s a great actor. He’s a talented actor, and he appreciates the craft–the art form of acting.”

Snipes added that those actors who approach the craft that way “usually do very, very well. And I think he’s done pretty good so far. So, I have great confidence in him.”

Snipes also pointed out that the film’s success does not just rest on Ali’s shoulders. The lead actor’s performance “is not in a microcosm,” he said. Everyone in front of (and behind) the cameras “have to gel together for the film to work.”

The reboot–expected to start shooting in October for a release sometime next year–also stars Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre. The film is directed by Bassam Tariq from a screenplay by Stacy Osei-Kuffour.

The basic storyline is expected to follow Eric Cross Brooks–a half-human, half-vampire Daywalker–who “has honed his abilities to hunt down the undead.” Blade has spent his long life “seeking to rid the world of vampires like the one who killed his mother.”

The Marvel Comics Blade character–created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan–made his first appearance in The Tomb of Dracula No. 10 back in 1973.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this Blade reboot.


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