With production set to begin soon on Marvel Studios’ Blade reboot, the studio is finalizing key talent in front and behind the camera. Today, we get some news on the production team.
According to Next Best Pictures’ writer Will Mavity, Narcos: Mexico and Jungleland cinematographer Damian Garcia will shoot the film alongside director Bassam Tariq. Blade is currently in pre-production with filming set to begin in July in Atlanta and New Orleans.
Mahershala Ali takes on the titular character, who was famously played by Wesley Snipes in the 2000’s trilogy. Aaron Piere and Delroy Lindo are also set to appear in currently unknown roles. Pen15 writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour wrote the script for the project. Osei-Kuffour became the first black writer to tackle a Marvel Studios project as a writer.
The film will follow a half-human/half-vampire, “Daywalker” Eric Brooks (Ali), who has honed his abilities to hunt down the undead who have long terrorized mankind. A human-vampire hybrid since his tragic birth, Blade has spent his long life seeking to rid the world of vampires like the one that killed his mother. Over the years, he has mastered his own style of fighting monsters of all kinds.
We got to hear Ali’s Blade in a post-credit scene in 2021’s Eternals. There are rumors the character will appear in Marvel Studios’ Disney+ Halloween special Werewolf By Night. Blade has no official release date, though, some have speculated that an October 2023 release makes the most sense. We should hear more news on the project during Disney’s D23 Expo in September.