Mahershala Ali is set to play the main character, Eric Brooks
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) TV reboot of Blade, the story of a Black vampire slayer, will be getting the same editorial treatment as Black Panther – a mostly Black writing team to tell the story.
The Blade TV series, which does not have a scheduled release date on Disney+, will have Black talent writing the film’s script. Like other studios, Marvel Studios wants to diversify its movie production.
2018’s Black Panther is the 12th highest grossing movie in U.S. box offices after making $1.3 billion worldwide and in order to keep up the momentum, Disney is searching for a Black writing team for Blade, The Direct reported.
Information on the TV show is scarce, but as theGrio previously reported, Mahershala Ali is set to play the main character, Eric Brooks.
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Ali is more than qualified for the role having won two Oscars for his work in Green Book and Moonlight. Ali has also played in countless other roles in movies like Hidden Figures, Alita: Battle Angel and most recently in the third season of HBO’s drama series True Detective.
The original Blade franchise starred Wesley Snipes and was first released in 1998. The movie had two spin-offs, Blade II in 2002 and Blade: Trinity in 2004.
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