Deadpool baddie Ed Skrein is the latest actor signing on to the upcoming Hellboy reboot, as the much anticipated return to the world of Mike Mignola’s beloved demonic hero gets closer to beginning production.
Featured in two highly regarded films starring Ron Perlman as the titular hero, director Guillermo del Toro finally abandoned plans for a third installment, and a reboot — directed by Game of Thrones’ Neil Marshall and starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour — was announced earlier this year. The movie has been rounding out its impressive ensemble with the recent casting announcements of American Gods’ Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Hellboy’s adoptive father, and Resident Evil veteran Milla Jovovich as Nimue the Blood Queen, the film’s primary villain.
The latest addition to the cast is no stranger to big screen comic book adaptations. According to THR, Ed Skrein is in negotiations to play Major Ben Daimio, a member of the B.P.R.D. who can transform into a jaguar. Skrein, of course, had a memorable turn in last year’s smash hit Deadpool as the antagonist Ajax (also known as Francis, to his great annoyance), the mad scientist who managed to awaken Wade Wilson’s latent mutant abilities through torturous methods, and whom Deadpool spent most of the film hunting down for revenge.
Skrein also shares some history with Hellboy’s new director, as he was the original actor to portray Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones (he would be replaced by Michael Huisman in the show’s fourth season).
The Hellboy reboot is in an interesting spot. While the original films were critically acclaimed and had a devoted following, they were never a massive financial success, and were perhaps a little ahead of their time. For his part, del Toro used his signature blend of whimsy and horror to make the films unlike anything else that was coming out at the time, and struggled to get the third film off the ground for years.
And while Perlman has expressed his disappointment at not getting the chance to revisit the character again, he’s also thrown his support behind Harbour and the new production. Marshall seems like a natural fit for the character, as he has shown a knack for horror in his films and his Thrones episodes. Movie fans have become much more welcoming of reboots of their favorite characters in recent years, and with a cast as strong as this one, Hellboy has a strong shot of equaling the reputation of the original.
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