Millennium Media has found its Hellboy: The Crooked Man star in Jack Kesy, as the actor has signed on to replace David Harbour as the titular demonic hero.
“Jack Kesy is a dynamic actor who has the ability to morph into his roles. His talent and stature are perfect for this younger Hellboy. I was very impressed with him while working together on The Outpost,” said Jonathan Yunger, co-President of Millennium Media.
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola wrote the script of the reboot with his Dark Horse comics collaborator Chris Golden. Brian Taylor is attached to direct the movie, which is titled Hellboy: The Crooked Man. With his casting as Hellboy, Jack Kesy is following in the footsteps of Ron Perlman and David Harbour. Production begins later this year in Bulgaria.
Hellboy and his history on the big screen
Hellboy: The Crooked Man is set to take fans on a journey through one of the most beloved issues of the original comic series, promising to expand the titular character’s world and explore new depths of the Hellboy mythology. With the movie deep in development, Millenium is said to be in discussions with potential cast members.
The original Hellboy movie, released in 2004, was directed by Guillermo del Toro and starred Ron Perlman in the lead role. It was a critical and commercial success, spawning a sequel, titled Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Despite the popularity of the franchise, plans for a third installment were scrapped by the studio, leaving fans disappointed.
The announcement of a Hellboy reboot came in 2017, with Stranger Things breakout David Harbour attached to star and Neil Marshall set to direct. However, the film received mixed reviews and was a box office disappointment. It seemed unlikely that a sequel would be made, let alone a complete reboot of the franchise. However, Millennium has revealed its intention to breathe new life into the series, with Brian Taylor at the helm.
Brian Taylor is best known for his work on the Crank series, which he co-directed with Mark Neveldine. The films were known for their over-the-top action sequences and unconventional storytelling, which won over fans of the genre. Taylor has also directed other action films, such as Gamer and Mom and Dad, both of which received mixed reviews. It remains to be seen what his vision for the Hellboy reboot will look like, but fans are cautiously optimistic about his involvement.
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