The gun-toting, world-saving demon Hellboy will make his way back to theaters in an upcoming reboot of the film franchise, but he won’t be played by Ron Perlman, who originally brought the character to life in 2004. Instead, Stranger Things star David Harbour will don the (filed-down) horns, and he hopes to bring a certain degree of complexity to the role when he does so.
“[Hellboy] is very rich,” Harbour told Yahoo! Movies. “I think the films did a certain thing, the comics do a certain thing. Hellboy is kind of a neurotic, messed-up individual who’s destined for a horrible fate. He’s destined to become the beast of the apocalypse. Whenever he shows up and does the right thing, people throw beers at him and show up with pitchforks and he still manages to do the right thing. I think it’s funny and it’s sweet and it’s weird, and hopefully I can bring that to it as well.”
Harbour also chalked his Hellboy role up to Stranger Things‘ success. “I would not be doing Hellboy if it wasn’t for Stranger Things, no,” he shared. “I would not. A lot of people responded to it. It’s got a lot of elements — Hopper is a very complicated character and has a lot of levels. And he is heroic, but he’s messed up, and I think they want this for this Hellboy as well.”
Last month, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola announced an R-rated reboot of the franchise. Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson is on board to produce, and Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mignola have penned the script for the film, which is tentatively titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. “I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy,” Cosby said in a recent interview. “Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.”
Directed by The Descent‘s Neil Marshall, the upcoming Hellboy reboot is written by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola and stars David Harbour in the title role. The film does not yet have a release date.