Fans of Mike Mignola's comics are rightly looking forward to the rebooted Hellboy movie, but fans of Guillermo del Toro's two previous franchise installments shouldn't hold their breath about leading star Ron Perlman cameoing in the new movie.
Perlman famously suited up to put on the right Hand of Doom in 2004's Hellboy and 2008's sequel Hellboy: The Golden Army, but it won't be third time lucky. Featuring an all-star cast of Perlman, Selma Blair, and John Hurt, del Toro's films were typically epic fantasies, and there are obviously those who are still pining for the "golden" days of Hellboy. That being said, The Descent and Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall is helming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen with Stranger Things' David Harbour in the title role.
While Perlman seems to have come to terms with Harbour taking over - even wishing the newcomer good luck - having the Sons of Anarchy star cameo in any capacity would be a major fan service to the del Toro era. However, it seems that Perlman isn't quite so happy to oblige, and when a fan took to Twitter to ask about the possibility of a cameo, the 67-year-old shunned the notion that he could join the new era of Anung Un Rama:
When Hellboy freezes over. https://t.co/3sCIkAJW7n
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) August 1, 2017
Del Toro had always planned to turn his two movies into a full trilogy, but various distribution problems and a mixed response to The Golden Army lead to a third movie entering development hell. Screenwriter Peter Briggs maintains that there were still talks of doing a third Hellboy movie or an Abe Sapien movie as recently as late last year, meaning the announcement of Marshall came as a shock to us all. While the new Hellboy was originally slated to connect to the previous films, it sounds like Rise of The Blood Queen is wiping the slate clean, so perhaps a Perlman cameo would've looked a little out of place.
While del Toro and Perlman have remained at peace with the situation, other Hellboy alumni Jeffrey Tambor has slammed Mignola's treatment of the work. The options were certainly out there to keep the series going as it was, and it seems that all those involved were keen to carry on with del Toro's vision. However, heading for a grittier R-rating, Mignola aims to stick closer to his bloody source material than the more family-friendly Hellboy we have seen on our screens so far. We already know that Deadwood's Ian McShane has nabbed a role as Dr. Trevor Bruttenholm, but it doesn't sound like there is any love lost between Perlman and playing the horned horror.
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