Krypton alum Aaron Pierre will appear alongside Mahershala Ali in Marvel’s upcoming Blade. Pierre also joins the earlier cast, Delroy Lindo. While Ali is taking on the main role, we don’t know what other actors are playing.
The dark vampire action-adventure Marvel movie is being directed by Bassam Tariq with Watchmen writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour.
Tariq shared, “What I will say it’s like, it’s not that I felt it was, I didn’t think that this was gonna happen. Do you know what I mean? Just to be very honest, I’m honored, and it’s a privilege. I’m here in service of Staci Osei-Kuffour, who is the incredible writer that’s writing the film. She wrote on Watchmen, she wrote also Pen15 and Power and The Morning Show, she’s just a phenomenal presence and a juggernaut in her own right, and Mahershala. For me, it’s really working in their service, and I think that’s how I’m trying to take it day by day because to think of anything more is tough.”
Tariq also said “big swings for a big studio,” and said, “I can’t say anything about it, but I’m so excited about what we’re doing like I’m so excited … and I can’t wait.” The filmmaker went on to talk about the Blade character, saying, “What I can tease about it is that we care about the character, it’s very important for me, and character is something that … I don’t think of the genre, I think of the character, and where our character has to go is gonna be really important.”
He later discussed how there’s no real Blade canon that he feels he needs to follow, saying, “What’s so great is it’s not as boxed in as I think people imagine it to be, which I thought it was. But it’s quite exciting. And I think the reality is there’s no Blade canon. If you ever read the comics, they’re always changing. ‘Oh it’s this story, it’s this story.’ What’s the canon? It’s not like Peter Parker. His name is Peter Parker. In some comics, his name is Fred H. Blade, you know, instead of Eric Brooks. So it’s an interesting thing. Unfortunately, the runs never lasted that long, and there have been some interesting and exciting waves. But I can say it’s a character first.”