Daniel Dae Kim in talks to replace Ed Skrein in Hellboy
Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0, LOST) is in talks to join the cast of Lionsgate and Millennium’s Hellboy reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He would replace Ed Skrein in the role of Major Ben Daimio, a rugged military member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense who can turn into a jaguar because of a curse. Skrein recently dropped out of the role after the casting controversy, considering Mike Mignola’s character is of Japanese-American descent in the comics.
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 Element, Resident Evil franchise) has been cast as villain the Blood Queen, Sasha Lane (American Honey) will play Alice Monaghan, and Penelope Mitchell (Hemlock Grove) will play the elder witch Ganeida.
Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game 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.
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