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Daniel Dae Kim to Replace Ed Skrein in ‘Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen’

Variety is reporting that Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii 5-0, Lost) is currently in talks to replace Ed Skrein as Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

The character (who first appeared in the Hellboy comics by Mike Mignola) is a Japanese-American were-jaguar.

Horror News Network reported on the original controversy that broke out on Skrein’s twitter page surrounding the casting decision. Skrein was accused of taking a role that should have gone to an Asian-American actor.  The actor quickly left the project and stated that it was not his intention to get involved in yet another “whitewashing” issue. read more

Ed Skrein Leaves ‘Hellboy: Rise of Blood Queen’ over “Whitewashing” Concerns

Just as quickly as it was announced that Deadpool’s Ed Skrein would portray Major Ben Daimio in the Neil Marshall reboot of the Hellboy franchise, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, the actor has left the project today over concerns of “whitewashing”.

Skrein published the following statement on his twitter page:

As Skrein states, the character he signed up to play is of Asian descent (and also a were-jaguar).  It appears that the actor was entirely unaware of the ethnicity of Daimio, but after some mild complaints on his twitter page, he decided to exit the project.  In the comics that the film will be based on, Major Ben Daimio is also considerably older than the actor selected to portray him (but there have been no recorded complaints from AARP members at this time). read more

Ed Skrein Joins Cast of ‘Hellboy’

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today that Deadpool villain Ed Skrein has landed the role of Major Ben Daimio in the Hellboy reboot. The highly anticipated reboot based on the Mike Mignola iconic comic series is being put out by Lionsgate and Millennium. Skrein is will be joining Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane and Stranger Things star David Harbour, who will portray the devilish do-gooder.

Hellboy first landed in theaters back in 2004 with Guillermo del Toro at the helm. After much success, a sequel, and endless rumors about another movie, horror fans, and more specifically horror comic fans are anxiously awaiting the reboot. This time around with Game of Thrones Neil Marshall in charge, along with the all-star cast, this return of Mignola’s beloved character to the screen seems promising. read more