Marvel Studios has tapped HBO’s Watchmen writer and story editor Stacy Osei-Kuffour for Mahershala Ali’s upcoming Blade solo film.
Blade was first announced by Marvel Studios during their Hall-H presentation back in 2019. Up until now, all we’ve known about the project is that Mahershala Ali will play the daywalker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it was reported a few months back that Marvel Studios was actively searching for a person of color to pen the script.
The Hollywood Reporter broke that Marvel Studios has settled on Stacy Osei-Kuffour as the writer on the Mahershala Ali-led Blade reboot. Osei-Kuffour is best known for her work on HBO’s Watchmen series, where she served as a writer and story editor.
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Full details on Mahershala Ali’s Blade are currently unknown, though Kevin Feige confirmed the reboot will be part of Marvel Studios’ Phase 5. The project is said to have come about after Mahershala Ali called Marvel expressing his interest in Blade following his Academy Award win for his performance in Green Book.
In Marvel Comics, Blade is also known as Eric Brooks, the half-human and half-vampire master martial artist whose mother was killed by a vampire during his birth. Since then, Blade has mastered his own fighting style to take on various types of monsters and rid the world of vampires. Wesley Snipes first portrayed the eponymous hero in 1998’s Blade and returned for the first sequel directed by Guillermo del Toro before making what is now his final appearance as the character in Blade Trinity.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter