Although Marvel Studios has confirmed plans and details set for numerous projects coming in the next few years, there are still a handful of entries flying under the radar from a production standpoint. One of those is Mahershala Ali’s new take on Eric Brooks in Blade, which first came as the curtain call announcement in Marvel Studios’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.
Blade has already seen its fair share of production hiccups since its announcement, particularly with its standing as one of the MCU’s future entries with no release date. Thankfully, Marvel Studios is hard at work pushing for production to start, already boasting the services of Bassam Tariq as the movie’s director and Stacy Osei-Kuffour as its head writer.
Although fans are thrilled to see Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali taking on this role for Marvel Studios, he remains the only cast member signed up to appear on screen. Thankfully, that now changes with his first co-star having been added to the likely all-star cast, and it even comes with signs pointing to when production for Blade may kick-off as well.
Blade Gets A New Cast Member
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Delroy Lindo has joined the cast of Marvel Studios' Blade, although his role is unknown at the present time. He joins Mahershala Ali as the movie's second cast member along with director Bassam Tariq and head writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour.
The report also hinted that Blade is due to kick off its production schedule in late Summer 2022.
A Real Marvel Opportunity for Lindo
Delroy Lindo has come into some high-profile roles over the last few years in films such as Da 5 Bloods and the upcoming The Harder They Fall alongside MCU stars Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors. The opportunity to be in Blade is a particularly exciting one for Lindo as well after almost making it into a show that ended up on the chopping block in the Marvel Television era.
Following Season 3 of Agents of SHIELD, Nick Blood and Adrienne Palicki were set to take their characters, Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter, into their own solo spinoff series called Marvel's Most Wanted. Lindo was set to play an adventurer who helped to protect Bobbi and Hunter, although the series never made it past the unaired pilot episode.
Now, Lindo will have the opportunity to join the MCU in an even bigger way as a part of one of Phase 4's most anticipated properties, one that hasn't had a big-screen adaptation in nearly 20 years. It will likely be some time until his role is confirmed, although it will be a major addition to his resume as he takes on the biggest comic book movie franchise in the game.
Blade is rumored to begin filming in late Summer 2022.