Disney confirmed today that Delroy Lindo is joining the cast of the upcoming Blade restart. He will star opposite the two-time Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali, who steps into the role of the titular character, a half-vampire, half-deadly hero.
While Ali’s casting was announced at Comic-Con in 2019, Lindo is the only other actor on the project since, though his exact role is unclear. However, the film has added a writer and director.
Playwright Stacy Osei-Kuffour signed on to write the Marvel reboot. Bassam Tariq, best known for directing the Riz Ahmed film Mogul Mowgli, will steer the new adaptation of the popular cartoon.
Created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, Blade first appeared in the 1973 comic strip Dracula’s grave. The human-vampire hybrid is a protector of the deadly race while killing evil vampires. Wesley Snipes played the role in the original Blade trilogy from New Line.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige has made it his mission in recent years to diversify not only the cast appearing in front of the camera, but also those behind it, and recent hires have proven that.
Osei-Kuffour is the first black woman to write a Marvel movie, while Tariq marks the sixth colored person to direct a movie for Marvel.
Lindo’s career spans decades, ranging from TV roles such as The Beauty & the Beast in the 80s to share on This is us and The good fight. In movies, Lindo has been a frequent Spike Lee collaborator and has appeared in Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Watches and Da 5 blood. His other prominent films include Get Shorty, The Cider House Rules, Away in 60 seconds and Up. The actor’s most current project is Netflix The harder they fall.