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Arguably, we’ve all gotten over the fact that Ron Perlman is no longer set to play Hellboy in the upcoming third movie, which will also act to reboot the franchise.
In Perlman’s place will be Stranger Things actor David Harbour.
Now, obviously, that’s not news as we’ve already covered that back in May, I believe it was.
No, this time around the news features an image of Harbour, in full Hellboy make-up and costume.
And to prove that this wasn’t just a fan’s mock-up, the image was shared by Hellboy’s creator Mike Mignola shared the image on his Twitter account;
Added to this, the image was also shared by a new Twitter account that was set up for the upcoming movie, just to reinforce the legitimacy of the image – and we like legitimacy at WTNH.
And if that wasn’t enough for you all, the film’s Facebook page posted a new logo, acting as the – for now – official title for the movie, which is heavily based on the comic book logo, which is always nice to see.
This new Hellboy film was announced in May by Mignola, who shared that it would be an R-rated reboot, with Neil Marshall, the director of 2005 horror film The Descent onboard.
Marshall is also an Emmy award nominee for his work on Game of Thrones.
It’s not all been good news, however, as the film has already flirted with controversy when it was announced that Ed Skrein, famous for his roles as Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones and as Francis aka Ajax in Deadpool, had been cast as the certainly Japanese-American character Ben Daimio.
The Hellboy reboot was the latest in what is quickly becoming a long list of movies accused of whitewashing its cast.
As a result of this controversy, Skrein subsequently left the movie, issuing the following statement;
In his place, the Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim was confirmed to be cast for the part, so at least the wrongs are being righted here.
So far, the cast also includes (a personal fave of mine) Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Mila Jovovich as Nimue, the Blood Queen – the antagonist who was supposedly who the movie would be named after when it was briefly called Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen), Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, and Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida.
Obviously, this is the 1st movie since the *ahem* departure of director Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman, who had previously brought the character to the big screen in Hellboy in 2004 and then in Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008.
A 3rd movie with those two gentlemen was discussed heavily for years, and talks seemed earlier this year seemed to bear some fruit, however that was before del Toro reached out to Twitter to say the following;
Despite all of this though, there hasn’t been much animosity from Perlman regarding his removal from/as Hellboy, and in June, he shared a photo of himself, Harbour, and actor/comedian Patton Oswalt on Facebook;
So, all in all, quite good news all around, and certainly a lot to cover.
For anyone not up to speed on Hellboy, the character debuted in comics in 1993, and has starred in multiple series at Dark Horse Comics since, and whilst the upcoming Hellboy film doesn’t have a release date yet, it is expected to be sometime next year, and will mark the 3rd live-action adaptation for the character, and obviously 1st with this new ensemble.