Stephen Dorff is open to reprising his role as Deacon Frost in Marvel Studios’ Blade reboot.
Blade will open up a new corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that consists of supernatural entities, specifically vampires. When the Daywalker makes his MCU debut, he’ll need a powerful antagonist to go up against. And it just so happens a familiar face is up to reprising his villainous role.
Stephen Dorff, who played Deacon Frost in 1998’s Blade, told ET that he’s willing to reprise his role for the reboot. He also has an interest in doing a spin-off film centered on Frost, which is something he says was once being discussed. And while it never came to fruition, he believes the rise of darker superhero films could make it a reality:
“We talked about doing a Deacon Frost movie on its own at one point, me and the director of the original Blade, who is just a genius, Stephen Norrington, and it never really happened because Marvel was a new entity and Kevin Feige was kind of building this whole new universe he’s built successfully. hey weren’t really interested in the dark Marvel movie but maybe after Joker and all this stuff, maybe it’ll start to be trendy.”
Coincidentally, Dorff is a friend and True Detective co-star of Mahershala Ali, who will bring the titular vampire to life when he returns to the big screen. Dorff admitted that he and Ali haven’t discussed the project “too much,” but he’s looking forward to seeing what he brings to the part:
“I saw him after it was announced [at Comic-Con 2019] and I’m happy for him. I think he’ll do a great job with Blade and reinventing the franchise. It probably should’ve been done a while ago, but I think it’s good for him… I love the guy. I’m sure he’ll do it justice. To have such a great actor in the part of Blade for this new generation, it’ll be great.”
Regardless of how serious Dorff is about returning to the role, it’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility. He became a fan-favorite when he first portrayed Frost years ago, and he would likely be welcomed back if he did return. In addition, he and Ali have proven to have on-screen chemistry. It’s also reasonable to assume that Marvel Studios could use Frost at some point down the road.
But this is intended to be a fresh take on the property, meaning that Marvel may want to go with a new face if they ever decide to reintroduce the character. Still, we can never truly say never. After all, we did once believe Marvel wouldn’t bring back J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.