Why Mahershala Ali Will Make The Perfect Blade
While there have been many Batmen, Spider-Men and Supermen, until now there's only ever been one Blade. The character played by Wesley Snipes has remained in the pantheon of cool superheroes thanks to his vampire-slaying credentials and, now very on-trend, Nineties all black ensemble.
This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, we saw the announcement of multiple forthcoming Marvel films, with big name additions to the MCU. Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden have joined the cast of The Eternals, and Natalie Portman was confirmed to play the female Thor in the Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Love and Thunder.
There was also the surprise announcement that Mahershala Ali?—cover star for the relaunched Esquire in February?—had been cast as Blade in a 2021 remake of the Wesley Snipes film. Twenty years after the original, Ali will bring the human-vampire to a new generation, and is the perfect actor to do so.
Ali doesn't need to be on screen for long to get your attention. He did so first as the composed lobbyist Remy Danton on House of Cards, the perfect respite to the bluster of Frank Underwood, and a character whose pauses and glances were as loaded as anything he said.
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