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Snipes 'sues Blade 3 producers'
Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes played a vampire killer in all three Blade movies
Actor Wesley Snipes is suing producers of movie Blade: Trinity for $5m (2.6m) for allegedly failing to pay his full $13m (6.7m) salary, it is reported.

Action star Snipes starred in all three films in the Blade trilogy, most recently in 2004's Blade: Trinity.

Snipes is suing director David Goyer, New Line Cinema and others in a case filed at Los Angeles district court, Variety reported.

He also said the latest film was merely intended to set up spin-off movies.

Vampire killer

Snipes alleges that the director, screenplay and supporting cast of Blade: Trinity were forced on him in violation of his contract.

New Line Cinema declined to comment on the legal action.

The Blade movie trilogy began in 1998 with Snipes playing a half-man, half-bloodsucking Marvel comic character who kills vampires.

In Blade: Trinity he shared top billing with co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel.

The film took $52m (27m) at the North American box office despite poor reviews.

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