The first image of David Harbour in the Hellboy reboot has been released online. As long and hard as Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman fought to try and get a third entry in their Hellboy franchise made, that never happened, much to the chagrin of many fans. Still, one can't grieve forever and Hellboy will soon find new life on the big screen, in a franchise reboot.
Neil Marshall (The Descent) is set to direct this new take on the infernal superhero, with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola set to co-write the script with Andrew Cosby (Syfy's Eureka) and Christopher Golden. The latter has experience writing for Hellboy, as he's written several novels featuring the character. The film was previously titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, in reference to the eponymous villain, set to be played Resident Evil franchise star Milla Jovovich. This was subsequently shortened to just Hellboy, possibly risking confusion with Del Toro's original film.
The first official image of Stranger Things star David Harbour as Hellboy has now made its way online and it can be seen below, in all its Big Red glory. Many have wondered whether anyone could capture Hellboy as well as Perlman did, but - at least superficially - Harbour looks like he's going to fit the role like a glove. A glove that would no doubt be hard to fit on that giant hand of his.
— Hellboy (@HellboyMovie) September 13, 2017
Harbour has also posted the following black and white photo of himself in his Hellboy costume online, through his official Twitter account:
— David Harbour (@DavidKHarbour) September 13, 2017
This is actually the second piece of big Hellboy news to break today, as Lost vet Daniel Dae Kim also confirmed that he'll be playing Major Ben Daimio in the film. That role was originally set to go to Deadpool actor Ed Skrein, but Skrein backed out of the part after angry social media reactions to a white actor being cast to play a character of a different race, a practice commonly dubbed whitewashing.
With that matter seemingly settled, Hellboy can move on unencumbered in its attempt to restore the titular hero to his former cinematic glory. Production on the reboot is set to begin this fall, with a likely 2018 release in theaters. Details on the actual story of the new film remain scarce, outside of Hellboy doing battle with the formerly sub-titular Blood Queen.
Source: Lionsgate, David Harbour