Shortly after the first photo of David Harbor in character as Hellboy surfaced online, the Stranger Things star shared a second, black-and-white photo of himself as Big Red on his Twitter. In the caption, Harbour introduces Hellboy with the opening lyrics from The Rolling Stones' iconic song "Sympathy for the Devil": "Please allow to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste..."
The new Hellboy film was announced in May by the character's creator Mike Mignola, who shared that it would be an R-rated reboot. Harbour, best known for his role as Jim Hopper on Stranger Things, has been on board since the start as the title character. The cast also includes Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, The Blood Queen, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan and Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida. The movie is said to be “not really an origin story” and more of a darker horror film than previous Hellboy movies.
This will be the third live-action Hellboy film, following the Guillermo del Toro-directed, Ron Perlman-starred Hellboy in 2004 and Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008. A third Hellboy film with the same director and cast was discussed as a possibility for years, before del Toro announced in February 2017 via Twitter, “Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it.”
Hellboy debuted in comic books in 1993 and has starred in multiple series at Dark Horse Comics since. Targeted for release in 2018, Hellboy will be directed by The Descent helmer Neil Marshall and stars David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich and Sasha Lane.