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Aaron Pierre No Longer Attached to Marvel’s ‘Blade Reboot’

‘The Underground Railroad’ actor parts ways with the Marvel Studios film, starring Mahershala Ali, Mia Goth, and Delroy Lindo, about the half-human, half-vampire Eric Brooks as he seeks revenge for the death of his mother; the movies slices into theaters November 7, 2025.

Just when we thought the dust had settled… Aaron Pierre (The Underground Railroad, Old), previously attached to star in the upcoming Blade reboot in an undisclosed role, has parted ways with the project. From losing its director, to extensive script re-writes, and delays causing multiple other film pushbacks, the production has taken quite the wild ride.

“Early on, there were conversations,” Pierre confirmed to Variety. “As the project evolved, I’m no longer part of that — attached.”

Yann Demange (Lovecraft Country, White Boy Rick) has taken the helm of the wayward film, which lost its original director Bassam Tariq late last year due to shifts in the production schedule. Newcomer Michael Starrbury is penning the script.

The original story of Blade follows half-human, half-vampire Eric Brooks, who seeks revenge for the death of his mother at the hands (or fangs) of vampires. Mahershala Ali takes over the role of the eponymous vampire slayer Brooks first portrayed by Wesley Snipes in the original 1998 film of the same name, as well as Blade II (2002) and Blade: Trinity (2004).

Ali stars alongside Mia Goth and Delroy Lindo in undisclosed roles.

While production is still underway, we do know VFX will be created by Clear Angle Studios, Digital Domain, Industrial Light & Magic, and Sony Pictures Imageworks, with Marten Larsson acting as production visual effects supervisor.

Catch Blade when it slices into theaters November 7, 2025, barring further delays.

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