Mahershala Ali will be joining Hulu's comedy Ramy for its second season. The new Blade star will appear in a "special guest star role" in the season set to premiere in 2020.
Mahershala Ali has won two Academy Awards for his roles in Best-Picture winning films Moonlight as a drug-dealer and father figure to a gay, African-American child and Green Book where he portrayed the real life pianist and classical composer, Don Shirley. On the small screen, Ali nabbed an Emmy nomination for his guest role on Netflix's House of Cards and is returning to the award show with a Lead Actor Nomination for his starring role in the third season of HBO's True Detective.
When the prestigious actor took the stage during the Kevin Feige-led Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con last week, fans were intrigued. When he put on the Blade hat and stood under the logo, fans were ecstatic. Now, with the original on-screen Daywalker, Wesley Snipe's, support, Ali will be taking on the vampire-hunting half-vampire for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although the film isn't expected for a couple of years, Ali's name has been peppered all over the headlines.
There have been no other details released about Ali's role in the half-hour Hulu comedy, but he is said to be a "huge fan" of the new show. Ramy Youssef (Mr. Robot) created and stars in the Hulu series as Egyptian-American Ramy Hassan. The character tries to discover his spiritual identity by navigating culture, faith and New Jersey. The dry-humored show is quiet and unique. Each episode carries a different message, and sometimes a different POV character, allowing us to explore what being a Muslim-American means to each character with very different perspectives. This is Ramy Youssef's first time as a television writer, and he has a very clear idea of what he wants it to be. Youssef had this to say to Variety.
"It's not escapist but it's not heavy. You watch it and go, 'Oh that's me.' And it's funny and it's validating in what it's like to be a human on earth."
Some of those heavy topics include racism, isolationism, guilt and even muscular dystrophy. Youssef makes a conscience effort not to think about people's opinions about the project and focuses more on how sees the world.
"I try to create situations that are based on exposing my actions, my own thoughts, and so we really try to delve into the insecurities, the guilt, all of those things, and really center it more around that."
The series has received critical praise with a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Season 2 is expected to delve further into his spiritual journey as he finds a new Muslim community and contemplates embracing a deeper commitment to Islam.
Youssef is also a writer and executive producer on the series alongside Jerrod Carmichael, A24's Ravi Nandan, and co-creators Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch. The show is produced by A24. This news comes to us from Variety.