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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

David Harbour Reveals Details about ‘Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen’

Many fans were skeptical of a Hellboy reboot after the beloved Guillermo del Toro films, but so far everyone involved in the project is saying the right things to get fans excited about this new version.

And speaking of “things”, Stranger Things star David Harbour recently appeared on MTV’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast (episode 170) and revealed some details about his take on Hellboy and the general atmosphere of the upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

Harbour compared his portrayal to the original Hellboy, Ron Perlman, stating that “Ron sort of embraces this machismo in himself and in Hellboy, that kind of is this thing, and I really like it and I think it’s super fun and it’s a super fun performance, but I think Hellboy has a certain psycho dynamic where occasionally he has to prove that he’s the lion and has to roar, but I think he struggles with his own masculinity. But I don’t think he needs that as much as maybe those other movies did. I have a bit of a different take on his capability or his slickness. I sort of think that for me he’s a little less skilled at constructing that persona.” read more

Milla Jovovich Lands Role as Hellboy’s ‘Blood Queen’

According to Deadline, Milla Jovovich will appear as the title villain in Neil Marshall’s Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

Jovovich is no stranger to horror (or action films for that matter), recently ending her popular Resident Evil series.

Jovovich will  join Stranger Things‘ David Harbour as Hellboy, and Ian McShane, who was just cast as “Big Red’s” mentor Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, in the upcoming film.

Andrew Cosby is also working on the latest draft of a script by Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Aron Coleite. read more

Ian McShane will Portray Professor Trevor Bruttenholm in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Ian McShane will portray Professor Trevor Bruttenholm in the upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen film.

Professor Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm (who was originally portrayed by the late John Hurt in the first two Hellboy films) is often seen as Hellboy’s adoptive father and plays an integral role in “Big Red’s” life as well as in the formation of the B.P.R.D. in the original film and the source material. Bruttenholm has even starred in some of his own comic stories, most notably in B.P.R.D.: 1946, B.P.R.D.: 1947, and B.P.R.D.: 1948 which establishes much of the Hellboy mythos for the entire Hellboy series. read more

‘Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen’ Director Neil Marshall Promises R-Rated Content and Traditional Special Effects

Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent) recently spoke to fellow horror director Mick Garris on his podcast (Post Mortem with Mick Garris) about his career in film and television and also revealed some exciting news about his upcoming film, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

Garris asked Marshall about the R-rating and if he was going to be “…allowed to be more extreme” to which the director replied, “We’ve been granted permission to do it R-rated, which for me is just like taking the cuffs off.”  While Marshall did state that he is going to exercise some restraint, and that he was “…not going to force it to be R-rated”, he did follow-up on his initial comments, saying that “…obviously, the success of things like Deadpool and Logan have not hurt that cause. But, also, when you go back the original material, it is kind of bloody, so I’m going to embrace that.” read more