Former Blade actor Wesley Snipes has commented on Marvel Studios’ casting of Mahershala Ali in the role for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While promoting his new film Dolemite Is My Name, Wesley Snipes revealed that he has nothing but respect for Mahershala Ali and is honored to see that Blade is returning to the big screen even if he isn’t reprising his role:
“People are very, very sneaky and they try to make it about the actors. And it’s not about me and him. You know, I’m happy for him to be considered. I’m happy for him for them to be looking at him… Imitation is the best form of flattery. It’s something that he’s acknowledged that he wanted to do, and his family wanted to do it. So, I’m appreciative of getting the love and I created something that others want to carry on and maybe put their own stamp on it.”
Following the announcement of his casting as Blade, Mahershala Ali expressed his gratitude for Wesley Snipes’ portrayal of the character in an Instagram post.
For quite some time, Wesley Snipes was campaigning to reprise his role as Eric Brooks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Wesley Snipes played the character in a trilogy of films: Blade, Blade II and Blade: Trinity.
However, Marvel Studios opted to reboot the Blade character, so during their Phase 4 presentation at San Diego Comic-Con in July, Kevin Feige brought out Mahershala Ali on stage to announce that the two-time Academy Award winner will be replacing Wesley Snipes in a new Blade movie in the MCU.
Details on Mahershala Ali’s Blade remain under wraps, but Kevin Feige has confirmed the reboot won’t be part of Marvel Studios’ Phase 4. The new Blade project is said to have come about after Mahershala Ali called Marvel Studios expressing his desire to play the character following his second Academy Award win for his performance in Green Book.
What do you make of this new image of Mahershala Ali as Eric Brooks? Are you excited to see him take over the role from Wesley Snipes? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news regarding the new reboot and the future of the MCU both on the big screen as well as on the small screen with their new series set to be available exclusively on Disney+.
Source: AP Entertainment