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Mahershala Ali has been cast as Blade in the big-screen return of Marvel‘s bloodthirsty assassin.

The reboot will see the Oscar winner follow in the footsteps of Wesley Snipes, who starred as Blade in the original trilogy of vampire hunter movies between 1998 and 2004. The movies also starred Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Dorff, Sanaa Lathan, Jessica Biel, and Ryan Reynolds.

The Blade reboot was revealed during Marvel’s Hall H presentation at Comic-Con. Ali received huge applause as he took the stage and put on a Blade baseball cap.

Created by writer Marv Wolfman, Blade’s first appearance in Marvel comics came in 1973 in ‘The Tomb of Dracula #10’.

Traveling the world killing vampires as a way of avenging his mother, who was killed by a vampire as she gave birth to him, Blade’s character is half-mortal, half-immortal.

Providing no further details, the studio is yet to announce a release date.

By Damilola Faustino

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