Original Sheet actor Stephen Dorff maybe not impressed with Black Widow, but he still feels that Mahershala Ali will be “incredible” with his debut as a rebooted version of the vampire slayer in the MCU. In the first Sheet film that was released in 1996, Dorff played the villain Deacon Frost opposite Wesley Snipes’ Blade. Dorff did not return for the sequel, although Snipes starred in the sequels Sheet II and Blade Trinity.
Although Snipes had lobbied to reprise the role of Blade for the MCU, Marvel Studios went ahead with a full reboot of the character by casting Mahershala Ali in the role. In a recent interview with Zavvi, Dorff spoke about the upcoming Sheet reboot that is now in early development with Ali already on board. While he seems suspicious of the project in general, the actor is confident that Ali “will be great in the role” either way.
“Mahershala will be incredible to do that, but you need strong writing and direction to help elevate that character, and I don’t know what Marvel’s vision is for Sheet. I just know that Mahershala is a great actor and he will be great in the role.”
Reading between the lines here, the original Sheet actor doesn’t seem very sure of what the plans are for next Sheet in the MCU. While praising Ali’s acting abilities, Dorff seems to suggest that the screenwriter and director may not be as good. This is in line with Dorff’s other recent comments that have been heavily criticized Black Widow, expressing his opinion that the latest Marvel movie “looks like garbage” and that he was “ashamed of Scarlett [Johansson].”
Though he never got his wish to make a fourth Sheet film, Wesley Snipes also approved the casting of Ali in the upcoming reboot. Shortly after the news was announced, some Snipes fans had been crying foul on social media, as many hoped the actor would get another chance as the first. Sheet. While Snipes may also have been disappointed, he told ComicBook.com in 2019 that he was happy with Ali’s casting and even hoped to work with him one day.
“Congratulations and Salaam to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah we will work together one day,” said Snipes.
In February, it was reported that guards and pin15 writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour was tapped to write the Blade reboot for the MCU. A director for the project has not yet been named and only Ali is attached to the cast at this time. There is no word yet on when the project will start filming, or when Sheet will be released in theaters, but is said to be aiming for a 2022 release. The film is one of the highly anticipated upcoming titles in the works at Marvel Studios, despite initial backlash over the Snipes recast.
As for Dorff, the actor’s latest interview also includes his thoughts on his film conflict, which he says is the best MMA film ever developed.