It looks like Stranger Things star David Harbour is being fitted for Hellboy's "Right Hand of Doom" and the titular role in next year's franchise reboot for Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. The 42-year-old is expected to wear heavy prosthetics to play the horned Anung Un Rama and offer a wholly new version of the character.
We have already seen promo posters for the film, as well as an impressive artist's impression of what Harbour could look like in the R-rated feature film, but now that production is underway, we can get a clearer vision of what that will be on our screens.
Harbour took to Instagram to show off the work that is going into crafting Hellboy's signature fist, which promises to be a colossal weapon and key to unleashing Hell on Earth:
Harbour will be the second man to take on the mantle of Hellboy, controversially taking over from Ron Perlman's tenure. Perlman played the character for both of Guillermo del Toro's films in 2004 and 2008, becoming synonymous with the cigar-chomping hero. While many had hoped that Perlman would continue as Hellboy, the character's creator, Mike Mignola, has instead opted for a rebooted approach to the series in cinemas. Harbour doesn't just have the support of Mignola, but perhaps most importantly, Perlman himself has wished his successor the best of luck, hopefully calming the critics down slightly.
Now, The Descent director Neil Marshall will helm the next Hellboy film, officially titled Rise of the Blood Queen and scheduled for some time next year. Harbour is so far the only actor attached, and don't expect any of the previous Hellboy alumni to be reprising their roles. Jeffrey Tambor, who played Tom Manning, the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense's director in both films, has been particularly critical of Harbour's casting. Elsewhere, stars like Selma Blair and Doug Jones have shown no interest in returning for any more movies.
Given the popularity of the Del Toro era of Hellboy, Marshall has an uphill struggle to convince audiences that starting again is the best course of action. However, by the time Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen enters theaters, it will have been a decade since we last locked horns with his universe. With Hellboy proving as popular now as it ever has, perhaps it really is time to light up the fires and bring Big Red back to our screens. With Harbour attached and people slowly warming to the idea, what else do we really need?
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