If by chance you didn’t know, the “Blade” reboot, was is inspired by the Marvel comic book character of the same name.
Left unanswered though, is whether Marvel – which made the announcement at Comic-Con on Saturday – will approach the project as a film or a series.
As we said, the two-time Oscar-winning actor will replace Welsey Snipes, who starred in three of the Blade movies: 1998’s Blade, 2002’s Blade II, and 2004’s Blade: Trinity.
Created by writer Marv Wolfman, the character – who first appeared in the 1973 comic book The Tomb of Dracula #10 – is a half-mortal, half-immortal vampire hunter who slays the undead to avenge his mother, who was killed by a vampire when she gave birth to him.
Not only is he handy with a knife and a sword (his name is Blade, after all), but he’s also a skilled martial artist.
Ali, 45, was unveiled for the role during Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con panel on Saturday, which saw the entertainment giant roll out the fourth phase of its cinematic universe.
The “Green Book” actor received a standing ovation as he took to the stage and fans began to cheer when he announced his new role by putting on a Blade cap.
After the announcement was made, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said this about Ali:
“He’s a huge fan of these films and a huge fan of that character and it just made perfect sense.”
“It’s an honor that he agreed to play Blade for us.”