Mahershala Ali Was Directly Involved in Hiring Marvel’s First Black Female Writer for ‘Blade’

Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Blade, the Vampire Slayer” has found a writer in Stacy Osei-Kuffour.

That’s in huge part thanks to star Mahershala Ali who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, was directly involved in bringing Osei-Kuffour aboard.

A 2019 Primetime Emmy nominee for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for “PEN15,” the playwright turned TV writer also worked as a story editor on HBO’s wildly acclaimed “Watchmen” and on its short-lived comedy series “Run,” along with work on Amazon’s “Hunters.”Per THR, “The studio has spent the last six months meeting with writers in what was described as a meticulous search, with Ali directly involved.

Only Black writers were seriously considered, a reflection of Marvel’s focus on diversity and making representation a key factor — especially when tackling nonwhite characters.”Ali, a two-time Oscar winner for both “Moonlight” and “Green Book,” is attached to star as the Marvel hero

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