Delroy Lindo, who is currently shooting up bad guys in the Netflix western, “The Harder They Fall,” is in final negotiations to join Academy Award winner, Mahershala Ali in Marvel Studios’ reboot of “Blade.” No word on who Lindo might play but my money is on a new interpretation of the Whistler character made famous by Kris Kristofferson.
Bassam Tariq, known for directing the rap drama “Mogul Mowgli,” is in the director’s chair for the vampire-centric adventure thriller with Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who worked on HBO’s acclaimed “Watchmen” series, behind the keyboard on script duties.
Created as a supporting character by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, Blade first appeared in Tomb of Dracula No. 10 in 1973, becoming a cult favorite. He is a human-vampire hybrid thanks to his mother being bitten and killed by a blood-sucker during childbirth. On top of comic book aficionados, Blade has built up a generation of fans who grew up on watching the Blade trilogy that starred Wesley Snipes from 1998-2004.
The MCU’s Blade recently made an off screen speaking cameo in “The Eternals” film during an end credits scene. Director Chloe Zhao confirmed this in recent interviews.
According to sources, “Blade” is due to begin shooting in late summer 2022.