Ed Skrein, best known to comic book fans for his performance as the villain Ajax in Deadpool, has exited the cast of the upcoming Hellboy reboot.
Skrein’s exit follows the backlash online over the whitewashing of his character, Major Ben Daimio, an Asian character in the comics. The actor took to Twitter himself to announce the news of his exit. You can check out his tweet below.
— Ed Skrein (@edskrein) August 28, 2017
Producers Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Millennium Films and Lionsgate also released a statement, expressing their full support of Skrein’s decision while assuring fans they will look for another actor who resembles the character more closely:
“Ed came to us and felt very strongly about this. We fully support his unselfish decision. It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material.”
In the comics, Major Ben Daimio is a member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense’s military who has the ability to turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain thanks to a supernatural encounter. Plot details are still under wraps but the reboot will once again be based on the Dark Horse Comic created by Mike Mignola in 1993 about a demonic hero who became the world’s greatest paranormal investigator while combating occult threats for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.
Lionsgate will be distributing the Millennium Films production with Gordon and Levin producing. Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment will also produce. Principal photography is set to commence early as this September with filming taking place in both the UK and Bulgaria. The film is being directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones).
The film stars David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Hellboy’s adoptive father, American Honey breakout Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan and Milla Jovovich as the film’s villain, the Blood Queen.
The Hellboy reboot is set to release sometime during 2018. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Hellboy as we learn it.
Ranking The Biggest Comic-Con 2017 Movie Trailers, Worst To Best
This past weekend, legions upon legions of fans descended upon San Diego for Comic-Con. What started way back in 1970 by fans of reading and collecting comics has now become an international celebration of pretty much everything under the sun and a pop culture phenomenon.
It’s also the chance for many major films and television shows to have their cast meet the fans and showcase what’s to come in the near future from their products. This year was no different as we got to see a wide range of trailers for upcoming movies, among other things. Many of these trailers were hits with fans and continue to generate excitement, but some were better than others.
Here are this year’s major Comic-Con movie trailers, ranked worst to best. Click Next to take a look.