There’s been a flurry of controversy about the upcoming Hellboy reboot, so it’s nice to finally be able to post something free of it. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola has tweeted out the first official image of star David Harbour in his full Hellboy getup.
I mean, there’s not much to say. Obviously it looks very similar to the makeup used on Ron Perlman in Del Toro’s original two films, but that’s just because both are very, very close to the original source material. Frankly, it’s just nice to see they didn’t make changes for the sake of change.
They’re making a Hellboy movie, so he looks like Hellboy.
So according to reports, actor Daniel Dae Kim is currently in talks to take over the role of Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot. This is, of course, the role that actor Ed Skrein exited a couple of weeks ago amidst whitewashing concerns.
Daniel Dae Kim is probably best known for his run on the rebooted Hawaii Five-O, but the actor is no stranger to genre ficiton, having played memorable roles in the Babylon 5 spinoff Crusade, Angel, and the miniseries adaptation of The Andromeda Strain. He also was on a little show called Lost that you might have heard of as well.
Assuming that the talks don’t fall apart, and this goes through, Daniel Dae Kim is a solid casting choice. He’s a good actor, and I guess my only real disappointment is that the studio didn’t go this way in the first place.
On this episode we discuss a couple of notable exits — Colin Trevorrow getting canned from Star Wars Episode IX and Ed Skrein quitting the Hellboy film amidst whitewashing concerns. On a similar theme, Syfy has cancelled Blood Drive and Dark Matter, and the BBC has decided to not renew Doctor Who spinoff Class. We also tackle Joss Whedon getting a screenwriting credit on Justice League, and two people were injured when chairs were thrown from a balcony at Dragon Con. We start by touching on the recent losses of Len Wein and Jerry Pournelle.
Gen’s on vacation, so it’s just Trae and Nick — but hey, video is working again!
There was some recent controversy when actor Ed Skrein was cast in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, as the character he was intended to play (Major Ben Daimio) was of mixed Asian heritage and Skrein… well Skrein is definitively not. With all of the whitewashing issues in Hollywood, it seemed like we were going to have to sit through this mess all over again.
Well, maybe not this time.
You see, actor Ed Skrein has, officially, decided to exit the movie. The actor claims he had no idea that the character wasn’t white when he accepted the role, and never would have if he had been aware. It’s an unprecedented move, and it’s kind of impressive that he was willing to make the choice.
Frankly, it’s a position Skrein never should have been put in. The onus for preventing whitewashing should primarily be on the studio, but it’s good to know that even though Lionsgate dropped the ball, Skrein was willing to do the right thing once he was aware of the stakes.
If more actors did what Skrein was willing to do, maybe we could fix this problem faster.
Guillermo del Toro made two pretty awesome Hellboy films starring Ron Perlman, and fans have been clamoring for a third. There have been constant teases over the years for another movie (and Perlman has always said he’d be game), but it looks like any hopes for that version of the franchise to continue have been dashed. You see, there is going to be a third Hellboy movie, but del Toro and Perlman won’t be involved at all.
The series is being rebooted without them.
Hellboy‘s creator Mike Mignola posted to Facebook that a new film in the the works starring Stranger Things‘s David Harbour as the titular hero with Neil Marshall directing.
THR is reporting that Millennium is in negotiations with Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to produce alongside Dark Horse Comic’s Mike Richardson. The film already has a script too, penned by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and Mignola.
I can’t help but say I’m a little disappointed by this. Perlman’s performance as Hellboy was excellent, and I really enjoyed the series. That said, it is pretty nice to know we have a chance at seeing the big guy up on the screen again in any form.