Hemlock Grove’s Penelope Mitchell Joins Hellboy Reboot

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen casts Hemlock Grove’s Penelope Mitchell

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen has cast Hemlock Grove‘s Penelope Mitchell, according to Deadline. Mitchell will play the role of Ganeida, an elder witch who has decided that Nimue’s (Milla Jovovich) wrath has gone on for too long and must be stopped. The news comes days after Deadpool actor Ed Skrein dropped out of the cast due to a controversy over whitewashing.

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David Harbour of Stranger Things is set to star as the titular hero in the film, which is slated to begin filming in September. Ian McShane (Deadwood, American Gods) will play Hellboy’s adoptive father, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm (aka Professor Broom), Milla Jovovich (The Fifth ElementResident Evil franchise) has been cast as villain the Blood Queen, and Sasha Lane (American Honey) will play Alice Monaghan. Neil Marshall (The DescentGame of Thrones) will direct from a script from Andrew Cosby (Eureka), Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin will produce with Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment.

First appearing in Dark Horse comics beginning in 1993, Hellboy is a demon summoned from Hell by the Nazi occultists near the end of World War II. Raised by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm of Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy went on to be billed as “The World’s greatest occult detective.” The adventures of the character have been chronicled in countless comics, including his time with the Bureau, his early years as a young boy, and even the time he spent in hell after dying on Earth. The main Hellboy title has also served as a launching pad for other characters and stories, including Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson, BPRD, Sledgehammer 44 and others!

Penelope Mitchell is known for her work in the films The Fear of Darkness and The Waiting Game, as well as the TV series Hemlock Grove and The Vampire Diaries in which she played Liv Parker.

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