Hellboy Synopsis, Filming Locations Reveal More Reboot Details
Additional production details have surfaced about Hellboy, seemingly confirming some previous rumors about the film reboot.
An updated listing on My Entertainment World, a website that tracks movie and television productions, includes a mid-September start date for principal photography, and well filming locations and a bare-bones synopsis.
Directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, Dog Soldiers), Hellboy scheduled to film Bulgaria and the United Kingdom, which backs up an earlier report that the production will spend time in the United Kingdom. Here’s the early synopsis:
The film is about Hellboy going to England, where he must defeat Nimue, Merlin’s consort and the Blood Queen. But their battle will bring about the end of the world, a fate he desperately tries to turn away.
The update arrives a week actor Ed Skrein, who had been tapped as Asian-American character Ben Daimio, left the film amid whitewashing criticisms to allow for more accurate casting. The producers have promised they’ll be more “consistent” in their search for his replacement.
Targeted for release in 2018, Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan and Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida.
Daniel Dae Kim in Talks To Replace Ed Skrein in 'Hellboy' Reboot (Exclusive)
Skrein left the project after an outcry over whitewashing an Asian-American character. Daniel Dae Kim, who recently left CBS’ Hawaii Five-O, is in negotiations to join the cast of Lionsgate and Millennium’s Hellboy reboot.
Kim will step into the role recently left vacant by Ed Skrein after an outcry over whitewashing a Asian-American character.
Kim will play Major Ben Daimio, a rugged military member of the bureau for paranormal research and defense who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain. The character is Japanese-American in the Hellboy comics by creator Mike Mignola.
Skrein had nabbed the role in August but, after a social media protest, made the unprecedented move to step down later that month.
“It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voice in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that,” he said in a statement.
Lionsgate concurred, saying “It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material."
Kim is Korean-American. And the actor is no stranger to standing up for his beliefs. In June, Kim quit Hawaii Five-O after a salary dispute with CBS; he had been seeking equal pay to the show’s stars, Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan. His quitting, along with co-star Grace Park, left the show temporarily without Asian regulars.
David Harbour (Stranger Things) is starring in Hellboy, which reboots the franchise centered on the demonic hero from the Mignola comic books. Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall is helming the project.
Kim has been acting since the early 1990s and appeared on shows such as ER and Angel. He became a known quantity and star thanks to his breakout work on ABC’s Lost, and co-starred on Five-O since it launched in 2010.
‘Hellboy’ Creator Shares First Look At David Harbour As Devilish Supehero
Now that the controversy and backlash are out of the way, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is back on track. Filming is underway and the creator of the Hellboy universe Mike Mignola took to Twitter to share the first look at David Harbour as the titular character. He posted a picture with the caption, “Holy crap” — which probably means that he likes what he sees.
The Stranger Things star takes the baton from Ron Perlman who starred as the devilish superhero in the first live-action iteration of the comic book directed by Guillermo del Toro in 2004. Harbour fits into the role nicely, looking quite ripped — and very red.
The reboot is directed by Neil Marshall and written by Mignola, Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Aron Coleite. Harbour is joined by Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, and Daniel Dae Kim who replaced Ed Skrein after a whitewashing backlash.
The story follows the titular character and his ragtag team of paranormal researchers who are trying to save the world from a medieval sorceress who wants to destroy humankind.
What Guillermo Del Toro Thinks About David Harbour Playing Hellboy Posted by Kaitlyn Booth October 2, 2017
If there is one thing thast isn’t going to change anytime soon it’s people asking Guillermo del Toro what he thinks about the Hellboy reboot. He has nothing to do with this new movie, he has no new insight, and it seems like people are just trying to convince one creative to talk badly about another. Whether or not that was Screen Geek‘s intentions when they talked to del Toro is unknown but del Toro is a professional who didn’t badmouth anyone. Not really anyway.
SG: I understand you’re a fan of Stranger Things. Phenomenal show. I’m wondering, if maybe with it coming full circle – David Harbour as the new Hellboy. Do you have any thoughts on it?
GDT: No, I mean I like him. I don’t know him and I’m not involved with the movie. But I sure wish them luck, man. He’s a great guy. That is a pretty neutral response so they asked del Toro another question.
SG: But he surely won’t do as good as Ron [Perlman].
GDT: Oh, no. (laughs) This isn’t a bad response as it is a baity one on behalf of the interviewer. There is no reason to pit these two creative teams against each other but that seems to be what everyone wants. While Perlman is a fantastic Hellboy it doesn’t say anywhere that he’s the only one who can ever play the role. We’ve seen a few images from this movie and nothing else so it’s way too early for anyone to call who is the “better” man for the role.
Hellboy, directed by Neil Marshall, will star David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Lane, Penelope Mitchell, and Ian McShane. It will be released on January 11th, 2019.