Following Ed Skrein’s decision to leave Hellboy over whitewashing concerns, the film’s producers promised to be more faithful to the comic book source material in recasting the role of Benjamin Daimio.
In a statement released to Deadline, Hellboy producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin, and Lionsgate and Millennium Films said, “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.”
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and the film’s star David Harbour also expressed their support for Skrein.
— Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) August 28, 2017
Hey internet. Thank you for your voices.
An injustice was done and will be corrected.
— David Harbour (@DavidKHarbour) August 28, 2017
Skrein (Deadpool, The Transporter Refueled) was cast last week as Daimio, who in the world of Hellboy comics is a Japanese-American former U.S. Marine with the ability to transform into a were-jaguar. The news was met with accusations of whitewashing, which led to the actor’s announcement on Monday.
“I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage,” Skrein explained in his statement. “There has been intense conversation and understandable upset since that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right.”
Targeted for release in 2018, director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen and Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan.
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