He’s battled far-flung aliens and walked alongside Chewie and Han, but for his next big-screen venture, The Last Jedi‘s John Boyega may well be battling vampires.
Currently out promoting his lead role in the blockbuster sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising, Boyega recently took part in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), where one curious fan floated the idea of him taking on the role of Blade – presumably at the expense of Wesley Snipes, who has long been vocal about his desire to return to the cult horror franchise in the not-so-distant future.
And though his loyalty to the series is admirable, it’s been 14 long years since Snipes played the part of Eric Brooks, leaving many to wonder if (and perhaps when?) Marvel will choose to recast the world-famous role. Assuming the Powers That Be decide to start over, they’ll likely side with someone young for the part, and concept artist extraordinaire BossLogic has taken it upon himself to render John Boyega as the ass-kicking Daywalker.
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On paper, it’s a no-brainer. John Boyega has charisma to spare, and his rise to prominence – from humble British sci-fi like Attack the Block to Star Wars – has been nothing short of breathtaking.
With that said, Boyega isn’t nearly as intimidating as Wesley Snipes, so we’re more inclined to believe that Marvel will select another actor for the coveted role – think of how Lionsgate and Neil Marshall chose David Harbour (Stranger Things) to supplant Ron Perlman as Hellboy and you’ll begin to realize that most major comic book roles involving a hardened anti-hero require a certain element of physicality.
While Blade remains on ice over at Marvel, next up for John Boyega is Pacific Rim: Uprising on March 23rd, before he journeys back to that galaxy far, far away for the so-far untitled Star Wars: Episode IX. Look for that one to release on December 20th, 2019.