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Mahershala Ali is confirmed to play Blade in Marvel’s reboot

Mahershala Ali is confirmed to play Blade in Marvel’s reboot as he is set to replace Wesley Snipes

He’s already a two-time Academy Award winner.

And Mahershala Ali sent fans into a frenzy as he was announced as the vampire hunter Blade in a reboot of the franchise to replace Wesley Snipes. 

The Moonlight actor, 45, was unveiled for the role during Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con panel on Saturday, which saw the entertainment giant roll out the fourth phase of its cinematic universe.

New role: Mahershala Ali sent fans into a frenzy as he was announced as the vampire hunter Blade in a reboot of the franchise to replaces Wesley Snipes

New role: Mahershala Ali sent fans into a frenzy as he was announced as the vampire hunter Blade in a reboot of the franchise to replaces Wesley Snipes

Ali received a standing ovation as he took to the stage and sent fans cheering when announcing his new role by pulling on a Blade cap.

Speaking after the announcement, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said: ‘He’s a huge fan of these films and a huge fan of that character and it just made perfect sense.

‘It’s an honour that he agreed to play Blade for us.’

Blade, whose first appearance was in the 1973 comic book The Tomb of Dracula, is a half-human, half-vampire.

Throwback: Wesley Snipes played the character in three films, starting with 1998's Blade and finishing with 2004's Blade Trinity

Throwback: Wesley Snipes played the character in three films, starting with 1998’s Blade and finishing with 2004’s Blade Trinity

Wesley Snipes played the character in three films, starting with 1998’s Blade and finishing with 2004’s Blade Trinity.

The trilogy is seen as an early example of the current trend of comic book superhero films.

Ali has won two best supporting actor Oscars, the first for Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight and then again earlier this year for road movie Green Book.

Exciting: Ali received a standing ovation as he took to the stage and sent fans cheering when announcing his new role by pulling on a Blade cap

Exciting: Ali received a standing ovation as he took to the stage and sent fans cheering when announcing his new role by pulling on a Blade cap

Award winner: Ali has won two best supporting actor Oscars, the first for Barry Jenkins' Moonlight and then again earlier this year for road movie Green Book (pictured 2019)

Award winner: Ali has won two best supporting actor Oscars, the first for Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight and then again earlier this year for road movie Green Book (pictured 2019)

The Blade announcement came during a raucous Marvel Studios panel, which saw Marvel President Kevin Feige flesh out the company’s upcoming slate of releases.

Sequels to Thor and Doctor Strange were announced while clips from Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, were shown to fans. 

Natalie Portman will be taking up the hammer as Thor, making Angelina Jolie an immortal for ‘The Eternals’ and rebooting ‘Blade’ with Mahershala Ali .

‘I’m so excited to be here,’ Jolie told the crowd.

She said she’s going to work ’10 times harder’ than she has on any of her other action roles because she knows what it means to ‘be part of the MCU’ and ‘part of this family.’  

Critically acclaimed: Green Book follows a working-class Italian-American bouncer becoming the driver of an African-American classical pianist, played by Ali (pictured)

Critically acclaimed: Green Book follows a working-class Italian-American bouncer becoming the driver of an African-American classical pianist, played by Ali (pictured)

Daily Mail UK

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