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The Underground Railroad star Aaron Pierre lands key role in Blade reboot with Mahershala Ali


The cast of Marvel’s highly-anticipated Blade reboot is starting to come together, with The Underground Railroad star Aaron Pierre  coming aboard.

The 27-year-old South London native has signed on for an important role in the reboot, though no details about the character were given, via Deadline.

While nothing about the role was revealed, it is said to be one of the more coveted roles in Hollywood, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Blade reboot director Bassam Tariq seeing dozens of actors for the role.

New role: The cast of Marvel's highly-anticipated Blade reboot is starting to come together, with The Underground Railroad star Aaron Pierre coming aboard

New role: The cast of Marvel’s highly-anticipated Blade reboot is starting to come together, with The Underground Railroad star Aaron Pierre coming aboard

Important: The 27-year-old South London native has signed on for an important role in the reboot, though no details about the character were given, via Deadline

Important: The 27-year-old South London native has signed on for an important role in the reboot, though no details about the character were given, via Deadline 

Blade, born Eric Cross Brooks, was created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, originally used as a supporting character in 1973’s The Tomb of Dracula.

The character’s mother was bitten by a vampire while she was in labor, passing on ‘vampire enzymes’ to Eric when he was born, making him part vampire and immune from being turned by a vampire’s bite.

He grew up to be a legendary vampire hunter known as The Daywalker, whose presence in the Marvel Comics became more and more popular.

Comics: He grew up to be a legendary vampire hunter known as The Daywalker, whose presence in the Marvel Comics became more and more popular

Comics: He grew up to be a legendary vampire hunter known as The Daywalker, whose presence in the Marvel Comics became more and more popular

Wesley Snipes starred in a trilogy of movies, 1998’s Blade, 2002’s Blade II and 2004’s Blade: Trinity, which collectively grossed over $400 million worldwide.

The film rights to Blade reverted back to Marvel Studios in 2012, with the studio spending years developing the character for a new reboot. 

Marvel announced at the end of their San Diego Comic-Con presentation in 2019 that Mahershala Ali will star as Blade in their new reboot.

Trilogy:Wesley Snipes starred in a trilogy of movies, 1998's Blade, 2002's Blade II and 2004's Blade: Trinity, which collectively grossed over $400 million worldwide

Trilogy:Wesley Snipes starred in a trilogy of movies, 1998’s Blade, 2002’s Blade II and 2004’s Blade: Trinity, which collectively grossed over $400 million worldwide

New star: Marvel announced at the end of their San Diego Comic-Con presentation in 2019 that Mahershala Ali will star as Blade in their new reboot

New star: Marvel announced at the end of their San Diego Comic-Con presentation in 2019 that Mahershala Ali will star as Blade in their new reboot

Since then, Delroy Lindo has boarded the project in another secretive role, which insiders claimed that studio executives had always eyed Lindo for.

Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mogwli) is directing from a script by Stacy Osei Kuffour, who makes her feature writing debut with Blade but previously wrote for Pen15, Watchmen, Hunters, Run, Solos and The Morning Show.

Feige will serve as a producer though it’s unclear when production may begin, or when Marvel may be eyeing to release the movie.

Director: Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mogwli) is directing from a script by Stacy Osei Kuffour, who makes her feature writing debut with Blade but previously wrote for Pen15, Watchmen, Hunters, Run, Solos and The Morning Show

Director: Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mogwli) is directing from a script by Stacy Osei Kuffour, who makes her feature writing debut with Blade but previously wrote for Pen15, Watchmen, Hunters, Run, Solos and The Morning Show

Pierre is coming of a 2021 that saw him star in the M. Night Shyamalan movie Old and the critically-acclaimed Amazon series The Underground Railroad.

He will next be seen in Brother, currently in post-production, and he’s currently filming Foe with Saoirse Ronan.

He is also attached to voice Mufasa in Disney’s upcoming Lion King prequel. 

Coming soon: He will next be seen in Brother, currently in post-production, and he's currently filming Foe with Saoirse Ronan

Coming soon: He will next be seen in Brother, currently in post-production, and he’s currently filming Foe with Saoirse Ronan

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