Marvel’s daywalker Blade is coming to the MCU and Delroy Lindo is in final negotiations to join Mahershala Ali at Marvel Studios for the production.
The human-vampire hybrid, whose mother was bitten by a vampire while heavily pregnant with him and died during childbirth, can walk in the daylight like a human but has all the extra strength and senses of a vampire. He now hunts vampires.
The role was previously played on screen pre-MCU by Wesley Snipes in a series of movies that did as much as the early Fox X-Men movies and the Sam Raimi Spider-Man entries to make movie studios start to take comic adaptions seriously again. It is hard to imagine today, with the MCU in all its pomp, that the entire genre was pretty much on its ass after Batman And Robin. Unfortunately, this era also led to the wholesale outsourcing of Marvel movies with Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Elektra, and Ghost Rider nearly putting the genre back in the ground again.
Ali is taking on the role for the new film. He did a voice cameo in the role of Blade in a post-credits scene of Eternals.
Delroy George Lindo was born in London, England on 18th November 1952. He has been the recipient of an NAACP Image Award, a Satellite Award, and nominations for a Drama Desk Award, a Helen Hayes Award, a Tony Award, two Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Lindo has starred in four Spike Lee movies: West Indian Archie in Malcolm X (1992), Woody Carmichael in Crooklyn (1994), Rodney Little in Clockers (1995), and Paul in Da 5 Bloods (2020).
He won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor for his Da 5 Bloods role. Lindo also played Bo Catlett in Get Shorty (1995) and Detective Castlebeck in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000).
Lindo’s role is unknown, but he marks the first piece of casting outside of lead Ali.
Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli) will direct from a script by Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Watchmen). Production kicks off late summer 2022.