Stephen Dorff recently revealed his thoughts on Mahershala Ali’s Blade role for Marvel Studios after working with the star on True Detective.
Blade star Stephen Dorff opened up on Mahershala Ali’s Eric Brooks casting during a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, explaining that he thinks his True Detective co-star will do a great job on the character. While there aren’t any details on what Mahershala Ali’s Blade film will look like, Stephen Dorff mentioned that he thinks the franchise should’ve been reinvented a long time ago. However, he went on to say that he’s sure Mahershala Ali will “do it justice.”
“I saw him after it was announced [at Comic-Con 2019] and I’m happy for him. I think he’ll do a great job with Blade and reinventing the franchise. It probably should’ve been done a while ago, but I think it’s good for him.But I mean, I love the guy. I’m sure he’ll do it justice. To have such a great actor in the part of Blade for this new generation, it’ll be great.”
Marvel fans will already know that Stephen Dorff appeared in Wesley Snipes’ Blade as the villain Deacon Frost, and when asked if he’d reprise the role opposite Mahershala Ali, the star revealed there was originally talks of a Deacon Frost movie after his performance and that he’d love to reinvent the character as he still talks about him 20 years later.
“We talked about doing a Deacon Frost movie on its own at one point, me and the director of the original Blade, who is just a genius, Stephen Norrington, and it never really happened because Marvel was a new entity and Kevin Feige was kind of building this whole new universe he’s built successfully. They weren’t really interested in the dark Marvel movie but maybe after Joker and all this stuff, maybe it’ll start to be trendy. I definitely would love to reinvent that character because that character’s someone who really stands [the test of time]. I still talk about [him] 20-something years later. I’m still signing Deacon Frost pictures out front today, so we’ll see where it goes.”
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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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