‘Blade’: Marvel Casts Delroy Lindo Opposite Mahershala Ali

For the longest time there’s only been one piece of casting for Marvel’s upcoming Blade film. That, of course, is Mahershala Ali as the Daywalker himself. But now there has been a second addition and it’s a pretty great one, as veteran actor Delroy Lindo has joined the cast.

Variety reports on Lindo’s casting, but has no information on his role. Might I propose that he play a new version of Whistler, who in the comics was known as Jamal Afari, the father-figure, mentor, and trainer played in the Wesley Snipes movies by Kris Kristofferson?

Lindo has been a fixture of numerous Spike Lee movies, including last year’s Da 5 Bloods for which many thought he should’ve been an Oscar nominee. He can be seen right now in Netflix’s The Harder They Fall, playing the legendary ranger Bass Reeves.

Let’s hope this is the start of more Blade casting news. The film has Bassam Tariq on board to direct, working from a screenplay by Stacy Osei-Kuffour.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.