Wesley Snipes supports the new Blade reboot
The actor has come out in support of the reboot and Mahershala Ali's casting
We had previously reported that as part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio is rebooting Blade (1998), which featured the eponymous superhero with quasi-vampiric abilities, including a greatly prolonged lifespan and the ability to sense supernatural creatures. However, fans were taken aback when it was announced that Wesley Snipes, who played the titular character in the Blade trilogy between 1998 and 2004, would not be reprising the role, and that it would instead be played by Mahershala Ali.
Following online backlash over this news, Snipes has come out in support of Marvel's move and published a statement that reads: “To all the daywalkers losing their minds right now, chillax. Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s all good. Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew — always a fan. Honour and respect to the Grandmaster Stan. Congratulations and Salaam to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artiste whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah, we will someday work together. Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support. So, ‘nah fret nah worry, it’s not de end of de story.’ Welcome to the Daywalker Klique.”
Interestingly, this is in complete contrast to a tweet Snipes posted in 2017 in which he suggested he was the only actor who should portray Blade. With Blade becoming a part of the MCU, it's not clear if the character will become a part of the Avengers.
Meanwhile, Snipes has the films, Dolemite Is My Name and Cut Throat City, in the offing.