According to ProductionList, Blade, one of the most eagerly awaited films from Marvel Studios, will start filming in Atlanta, Georgia, and New Orleans, Louisiana, the following month. Mahershala Ali will play the title character in the film, which was unveiled by studio chief Kevin Feige during the San Diego Comic-Con panel in 2019.
He is a half-mortal, half-immortal vampire hunter, according to the brief project explanation, who seeks to eradicate vampires in order to exact revenge on his mother, who was murdered by a vampire while she was giving birth to him. For years, Marvel has been considering how to revive the character. But it feels like it’s about time Blade makes an appearance in the MCU, especially with recent films like Multiverse of Madness and Moon Knight leaning toward supernatural elements and some even name-dropping ‘vampires’.
“We have wanted to find a new path into Blade for years,” Feige said to Fandango. We adore that person. We adore that society. One of the best Marvel films prior to the MCU is considered to be the original Blade, which was released in 1998 and starred Wesley Snipes as the titular hunter, Eric Brooks. In 2006, the R-rated action movie gave birth to two sequels and a TV series. Even Snipes expressed interest in returning for a Blade 4, but the concept fizzled out. But Academy Award winner Ali had a suggestion that he didn’t hesitate to make to Marvel Studios. Feige disclosed:
“Mahershala wanted to meet with us inside. And you accept Mahershala’s requests for meetings. And he might have recently received his second Academy Award, I believe. And as we were speaking politely, he mentioned how much of a fan he is before saying, “Blade,” to which we responded, “Yes.”
Ali [is] a lovely and skilled artist whose expressions I look forward to experience for many years to come, Snipes said in response to Ali’s casting, according to ComicBook. Inshallah, we will collaborate in the future. Feige has announced that the film will take place in Marvel’s Phase 5 even though there are few facts currently available about the project.
Along with Feige, Eric Carroll will serve as the producer. Stacy Osei-script Kuffour’s will be directed by Bassam Tariq. Delroy Lindo, a British actor from Da 5 Bloods, and Aaron Pierre, a star of The Underground Railroad, are both cast in unconfirmed roles with two-time Oscar winner Ali. Keep checking this space for updates on Blade after July 4 when filming for the movie will start!
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