Another original cast member from Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy films has made their feelings known about the upcoming reboot, as actress Selma Blair reveals that she feels 'heartbroken' about being unable to finish her character's story arc. The Mom and Dad star directs no ill-will towards the new lead David Harbour or the rest of the crew working on the reimagined 2019 film, but remains committed to del Toro's adaptations and is unhappy that his vision of a third film will never happen.
Starring alongside Ron Perlman as the hell-spawned hero, Blair played Liz Sherman in del Toro's Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The sometimes member of the BPRD had a close and loving relationship with the title character, enriched by the fact that she had volatile pyrokinetic abilities and he was invulnerable to fire. The sequel ended with the couple expecting the birth of twins, and the prophecy that Hellboy would ultimately release the Apocalypse hanging over their heads. Neither of those cliffhanging details would be resolved though, as del Toro's intention to produce a spectacular end to the trilogy never came to fruition. Hopes were finally dashed when the reboot was announced in 2017.
Blair spoke frankly about her feelings towards the reboot in a recent interview with CinemaBlend, where she said:
"God, you know, people are fans of Hellboy and also fans of Guillermo. So part of us, the ones that were so loyal to Guillermo, our hearts are broken that it didn't work out with the greatest third installment ever written that I wish I could play more than anything in the world. But I truly hope that Mike Mignola has his vision out there for the darker Hellboy come to light, and I'm sure he will, and David Harbour is excellent and everyone involved, but no my heart is broken."
It's worth noting that Blair isn't directing criticism at Harbour or new director Neil Marshall as regards the reboot. Rather, the actress is voicing her frustration that the intended third film was never made, and that she never got to a chance to play Liz Sherman again and realize the character's destiny. Especially as she hints it was 'the greatest third installment ever written'. Along with Mom and Dad currently playing, the actress was recently seen in American Crime Story as Kris Jenner, and will also be seen in the upcoming Heathers. For their parts, Perlman has made peace with the reboot and del Toro has approved the selection of Harbour and wished luck to the production.
The upcoming reboot doesn't look like it will feature Abe Sapien or Liz Sherman, but Harbour has promised that it will be a very dark and scary monster movie. The actor has apparently finished shooting his scenes as the titular hero and whilst fans are promised that the new film will be a faithful interpretation of the comic book tone, like Blair many are still wondering what del Toro would have produced if his trilogy closer had been allowed to happen. We'll bring you any further updates on Hellboy as we get them.
- Hellboy (2019) release date: Apr 12, 2019