Since it was revealed that Mahershala Ali will star as Blade during Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last year, we’ve heard very little about the film. All we know so far is that Ali will play the lead role and that the movie won’t be part of phase 4 of the MCU.
The only thing we’ve seen since the announcement was a sketch that the Luke Cage and Moonlight star shared on his Instagram. The drawing teased what Ali might look like once he puts on the shades and picks up the sword to play Blade.
Thankfully we now have a small update after Ali appeared on an episode of The Tight Rope podcast. The star revealed how he managed to land the role of Blade and how his role in Luke Cage sparked the idea. He also discussed his respect for previous Blade actor Wesley Snipes and teased that the film will have a darker tone than MCU fans will be used to.
Ali first discussed how he became interested in the role following the premiere of Luke Cage, where he played Cottonmouth. He also revealed that the project may have been a series made by Marvel Television.
Ali then went on to discuss his admiration for Wesley Snipes’ portrayal of Blade, and how a combination of starring in Luke Cage and Blade trilogy’s darker tones inspired him to take on the role.
You can watch Mahershala Ali’s full interview on The Tight Rope podcast below:
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