Delroy Lindo, known for starring in four movies directed by Spike Lee – Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Clockers, and Da 5 Bloods – is in final talks to join the upcoming movie Blade starring Mahershala Ali, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Blade, real name Eric Brooks, a character created in 1973 by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan debuted on the big screen back in 1998 with the movie Blade starring Wesley Snipes, and two sequels followed in 2002 and 2004, respectively. In July 2019, Marvel Studios officially announced that they’re developing a reboot which will be set in Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Mahershala Ali set to star. Earlier this year, Bassam Tariq signed to direct the movie.
Delroy Lindo is only the second actor who’s on board. Although the development of the movie is going well, still not much is known, not even a release date or how will Blade be incorporated into Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the post-credit scene of Eternals, which was released earlier this month, Ali made his debut as Blade, but only in a voice role for now, since his face was off-screen. So, we still need to wait for a legit first look on Ali’s Blade as well.
When 2-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali was announced as the new Blade, many fans were skeptical about this casting choice, but Wesley Snipes, who played the character in the original trilogy, supported his successor on social media.
Blade still has no official release date. Since the movie is still in pre-production, we expect new information as the development goes forward.