Marvel’s Mother of All Demons, Lilith, will reportedly be the main antagonist of the upcoming Blade movie.
According to insider Daniel Richtman (via The Direct), Mia Goth — who joined the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in April 2023 — will play Lilith. In a string of Patreon posts, Richtman wrote that Aaron Pierre (Old) was “no longer part of the cast, and his character was removed from the current script,” making Goth’s Lilith the main villain for Mahershala Ali’s Blade. Goth’s star has been rising ever since playing the dual roles of Maxine Minx and Pearl in Ti West’s acclaimed slasher film X (2022). She reprised the latter role in the prequel film Pearl (also 2022) and will return as Maxine in the upcoming film MaXXXine, which will close out the X trilogy.
Who Is Marvel’s Lilith?
There have been two versions of Lilith in Marvel Comics with one being the daughter of Dracula and the other an ancient demon goddess and sorceress. While Richtman is unsure which version of Lilith Goth is playing (if not an amalgamation of both), Blade being a vampire hunter makes it more likely that she will be playing Dracula’s daughter over an ancient demon. Of course, until Marvel Studios has officially announced who Goth is playing in Blade, it’s best to take these reports with a grain of salt.
Richtman also revealed that Delroy Lindo, who has been attached to Blade since November 2021, will portray Deacon Frost. The classic Blade villain was previously portrayed by Stephen Dorff in 1998’s Blade, which starred Wesley Snipes as the titular vampire slayer. American rapper and actor Saul Williams has also reportedly been cast in the movie as Jamal Afari, who is Blade’s mentor in the comics. Jamal Afari did not appear in Snipes’ Blade trilogy with Kris Kristofferson’s Abraham Whistler — a new character created for the 1998 film by David S. Goyer — instead serving as the hero’s mentor.
Blade Movie Affected by WGA Strike
Production on Blade was initially set to begin in late 2022 but was pushed back following the departure of the film’s original director, Bassam Tariq. Creative differences were also reported to be behind Blade‘s delay with Ali reportedly disappointed with the film’s original shooting script. This led to Stacy Osei-Kuffour being replaced as the film’s screenwriter by Michael Starrbury who in turn was replaced by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto in April 2023.
While Marvel Studios’ Blade was planned to go into production in Atlanta in June, the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike has pushed production back yet again. The reason for the delay is that Pizzolatto was unable to complete his rewrite of the film’s shooting script before the strike started on May 2. At this time, it is unknown if the delay will result in Blade‘s release date being pushed back. The superhero movie is currently scheduled to close out Phase 5 of the MCU on Sept. 6, 2024.
Source: Daniel Richtman, via The Direct
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