Hellboy reboot is in the process of picking up its actors and so far the cast looks promising with Ian McShane as Professor Broom, Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen and Stranger Things’ David Harbour as the titular Hellboy. Deadpool star Ed Skrien also signed on earlier to play the character of Major Ben Daimio from the Hellboy comic series. However, he shocked us all just 2 weeks ago when he announced on social media that he’s officially stepping down over the whitewashing controversy. In the Hellboy comic verse, Major Ben Daimio is a Japanese-American character and fans wasted no time in calling out Lionsgate for whitewashing. However, Ed Skrein left the project on his own after learning about the origin of the character and his exit was announced formally by Lionsgate a bit later. The studio further stated that they welcome Ed’s decision and will re-cast the iconic character “with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like they have found the Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim suitable for the job.
In the Hellboy comics, Major Ben Daimio is a rugged military member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BRPD). When Daimio gets angry or injured, he has the ability to turn into a ferocious jaguar. The timing of Kim stepping in to take on the role couldn’t be perfect for him as the Hawaii Five-0 star announced back in June that he won’t be a part of the long-running CBS series anymore. Kim and his Asian-American co-star Grace Park made their exit when they demanded equal salary to their white co-stars Scott Caan & Alex O’Loughlin but sadly their just demand wasn’t met. Daniel Dae Kim is also known for his brilliant performance in the superhit ABC series, Lost in which he played the role of Jin-Soo Kwon to perfection.
With the addition of Daniel Dae Kim as Major Ben Daimio, the Hellboy reboot cast is looking impressive. Apart from David Harbour, Ian McShane and Milla Jovovich, we’ll be seeing Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan alongside Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida. There are rumors that the character of Abe Sapien played by Doug Jones in the earlier Guillermo del Toro directed movies may return as well. Other characters from the Hellboy comics that are also rumored to feature in the Hellboy movie are Gruagach, Babe Yaga, Merlin & King Arthur.
Hellboy will officially start production sometime this month so the full and final cast list will soon be available. Hellboy movie is going to be directed by Neil Marshall and from a script prepared by the comic series creator Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and Andrew Crosby. No official Hellboy movie release date has been announced by Lionsgate as of yet but since the movie is going into production this month, it’s speculated that Hellboy may hit theaters in late 2018. Stay tuned for more and latest Hollywood news.