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Marvel Adds ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Star Delroy Lindo In Its Upcoming Blade Reboot

Best known for Da 5 Bloods and Get Shorty, actor Delroy Lindo has joined the cast of the upcoming Blade by Marvel Studios.

Delroy Lindo joins the cast of Blade

Delroy Lindo
Delroy Lindo

As per a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the role played by Delroy Lindo has been kept under strict wraps for now. This is the second casting announcement that has come in after Mahershala Ali was earlier revealed as the vampire-hunter during the San Diego Comic-Con in 2019.

Who is Blade?

Blade in Marvel Comics
Blade in Marvel Comics

The character was created by Gene Colan and Eric Brooks and first appeared in The Tomb of Dracula #10 in 1973. Blade is a very skilled combat fighter, possessing the abilities of a vampire, though he can walk in the daylight without getting affected or killed by it. Despite being a vampire himself, he uses his abilities to kill other vampires. The character has earlier been played by Wesley Snipes in a Blade trilogy. Blade has also been played on the small screen in a 2006 TV series where he was played by Sticky Fingaz.

Apart from the addition in the cast, there’s been little information revealed on the film since its announcement. The writer of the film will be Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who was announced in February as the chief writer while the film will be directed by Bassam Tariq. However, Ali has already made his MCU debut with a voice role during the post-credits scene of Eternals.

Mahershala Ali On His Cameo In Eternals

Mahershala Ali will be the new Blade
Mahershala Ali will be the new Blade

“It was scary,” Ali explained of his cameo. “Because, you know, you’re talking before you’re filming it. I’m pretty particular about my choices, like most actors, and so having to make some choices — even with a line, vocally — this early on, it brought up some very real anxieties. And it made the job real. It’s like, ‘Okay, this is happening now,’ you know, and that’s exciting.”

Discussing the plot of Blade, director Tariq revealed how he was excited by the lack of constraints he has to face when compared to other mainstream heroes.

“What’s exciting about the film that we’re making is [there] hasn’t been a canon for Blade, as we’re reading through the comics and everything,” he said. “Him being a daywalker is the one thing that’s been established, and you know we can’t deny what Wesley Snipes did, which was he basically got this whole ball rolling.”

Blade doesn’t have a release date yet.

Written by Ryan Lee