Spike TV has cast Kirk “Sticky” Jones to star in the cable channel’s premiere original drama effort Blade, reports Variety.
Based on the comic book and film franchise of the same name, Blade centers on a half-man, half-vampire warrior endeavoring to save the human race from a demonic underworld.
Feature screenwriter David Goyer (Batman Begins, the “Blade” trilogy) is executive producing and co-writing the script with the comic’s author Geoff Johns. New Line Television is producing.
Spike committed to the project in spring and production is set to begin November 14 in Vancouver. Should Blade get a series pickup, Spike executives are eyeing a June 2006 premiere.
Jill Wagner, Neil Jackson, Nelson Lee and Jessica Gower round out the cast. Peter O’Fallon will direct.
Marvel’s Avi Arad and New Line’s Jim Rosenthal and Jon Kroll also will executive produce. Bill McGoldrick and Lisa Ullmann will oversee for Spike.
Jones was a regular on FX drama “Over There” and had a recurring role on “The Shield.” He is best known, however, as frontman “Sticky Fingaz” for hip-hop group Onyx.