News about the upcoming Hellboy revival, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is flying over Twitter today, as the newly-active official Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen movie Twitter account has given us a first look at star David Harbour in the full Hellboy makeup, and a hoped for casting rumor has been made official.
— Hellboy (@HellboyMovie) September 13, 2017
There had been some questioning as to whether or not the Stranger Things star could live up to Ron Perlman’s take on the character, given that fans considered him to be near-perfect. However, based on the above sneak peek of the full Hellboy makeup, it seems clear that the reboot has at lease gotten the look of the character down pat.
The new look does seem to have a bit more edge, as Harbour wears more of a scowl than the more cheerful, slightly cartoonish expressions normally found on Perlman’s version of the character. this matches with what the creative team have said their plans are for the R-rated reboot: a darker, more gruesome take on creator Mike Mignola’s character and world than Guillermo del Toro’s films, walking the line between comic book movie and horror movie.
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen caused some controversy when Caucasian actor Ed Skrein was cast as the Japanese character Major Ben Daimio. Since then, Skrein decided to step down from the role rather than whitewash the character. And the film has now cast his replacement:
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) September 13, 2017
Lost and Hawaii Five-0 alum Daniel Dae Kim has officially taken over the role. Kim joins Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Hellboy’s adoptive father Professor Bloom and Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich as the titular Blood Queen.
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