Disney confirmed today that Delroy Lindo joins the cast of the upcoming Sword restart. He will co-star alongside two-time Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali, who will take on the role of the title character, a half-vampire, half-mortal hero.
While Ali’s casting was announced at Comic-Con in 2019, Lindo is the only other actor cast on the project since then, although his exact role is unclear. However, the film has added a screenwriter and director.
Playwright Stacy Osei-Kuffour signed on to write the Marvel reboot. Bassam Tariq, best known for directing Riz Ahmed’s film Mogul Mowgli, will direct the new adaptation of the popular comic.
Created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, Blade first appeared in the 1973 comic Dracula’s grave. The human-vampire hybrid is a protector of the mortal race as he slays evil vampires. Wesley Snipes played the role in the original. Sword New Line trilogy.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige has made it his mission in recent years to diversify not only the cast that appears in front of the camera, but also those behind it, and recent hires have shown it.
Osei-Kuffour is the first black woman to write a Marvel film, while Tariq marks the sixth person of color to direct a Marvel film.
Lindo’s career spans decades, from television roles such as Beauty and the Beast in the 80s to parts in This is us and The good fight. In film, Lindo has been a frequent collaborator with Spike Lee, appearing in Malcolm x, Crooklyn, Clockers and Give 5 Bloods. His other notable films include Shrink, The rules of the cider house, Gone in 60 seconds and Until. The most current project of the actor is that of Netflix. The harder they fall.