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Marvel‘s surprise reveal that  it will be rebooting Blade is some of the best news we got from the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend. Yet, many fans of the original Blade trilogy starring Wesley Snipes were surprised to learn that Mahershala Ali will star as the titular vampire hunter in the new Marvel film, especially since Snipes was rumored to return for the reboot. Now Snipes, the OG Blade, has spoken out and is tell fans that the casting is “ALL GOOD.”

“To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx,” the actor said in a statement given to Comicbook.com. “Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s ALL good. Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew — always a fan.” Snipes continued to praise Ali, saying “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 someday work together.”

Ali responded to Snipe’s endorsement on Instagram, sharing an image of the original blade.

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Last weekend, Marvel president Kevin Feige explained why Mahershala Ali was the perfect casting choice for the role.

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