Marvel Studios’ upcoming Blade film is growing, as Delroy Lindo has officially been cast to star in the upcoming film, according to a recent report from Deadline.
The actor will star alongside Mahershala Ali, who is playing the titular Blade. It’s currently unknown who Lindo will play, and his casting is the only other confirmed one since Ali’s announcement that he would be Blade at Comic-Con two years ago. However, both Ali and Lindo are high-profile actors, so their inclusion in the film is sure to boost the excitement around it.
A frequent collaborator of Spike Lee, Lindo has appeared in a variety of films, most recently in Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, for which he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. Lindo has also had roles in Malcolm X, Get Shorty, Crooklyn, Clockers, and Gone in 60 Seconds. He’s also starred in CBS’ The Good Fight for four seasons, as well as having worked in the world of theatre since the 1970s.
Blade will be directed by Bassam Tariq, with a script written by playwright Stacy Osei-Kuffour. Not too much else is known about the upcoming film, but the character of Blade was technically already introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ali appeared during one of the post-credit sequences in the recently released Eternals, showing up in voice only to briefly talk to Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman.
The Blade Trilogy from New Line Cinema helped shepherd comic books and superheroes to the big screen. Combined, the three films brought in over $400 million at the global box office. Blade was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan as a supporting character in the comic book “The Tomb of Dracula” #10 in July of 1973.