Milla Jovovich has joined Hellboy as its main villain. After years of back and forth regarding a third Hellboy film starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro, things fell apart earlier this year just as they looked to be coming together. Not long after, however, a reboot of the franchise was announced with Stranger Things star David Harbour in the lead role. Not only will the new movie reintroduce the comic book character, but it will bear an R rating and tackle mature themes.
In the months since the reveal of the new movie and Harbour's involvement, we haven't learned a whole lot about the story. We know Hellboy creator Mike Mignola will be helping to craft the script with a number of other writers, and Neil Marshall will be channeling his horror and action expertise as the director. As for the story and how the Blood Queen will factor into the proceedings, we'll still have to wait a bit longer to learn more. For now, however, we know who will be playing the villain.
Deadline are reporting that Milla Jovovich will be playing the lead villain in Hellboy (previously subtitled Rise of the Blood Queen) No other details about the character or film were revealed, but fans of Jovovich's work in The Fifth Element and the Resident Evil franchise will no doubt be pleased to see the veteran action star coming aboard the project.
In the comics, the Blood Queen is an Arthurian witch also known as the Lady of the Lake and Nimue. While most of her skills will be in sorcery, hopefully Jovovich will be able to utilize her signature action skills against Harbour's Hellboy. Her ancient history and magical abilities may also help expand the universe of Hellboy, something Mignola is hoping to see the film do.
Jovovich will be joining new addition Ian McShane, who was recently announced in the role of Professor Broom. Though Harbour is still a relative newcomer, the presence of Jovovich and McShane will help to reassure fans about the quality of the new Hellboy. The fact that the film is also seeking to rely heavily on practical effects should also earn it plenty of goodwill.
Meanwhile, word is that Hellboy will begin shooting this fall. Given the prominent casting announcements we've been receiving, that report is likely true. It also means more news about the characters and story should be right around the corner. When we know more about Hellboy, we'll let you know.