The first look at actor David Harbour in full Hellboy makeup from the upcoming film has been officially revealed by the character’s creator, Mike Mignola, who shared a link on Twitter, accompanied by his creation’s famous words, “Holy crap.”
The image was also shared by a new Twitter account for the upcoming Hellboy reboot film.
Additionally, the film’s Facebook page posted a logo, serving at least as the temporarily messaging for the film, heavily based on the comic book logo.
The new Hellboy film was announced in May of this year by Mignola, who shared that it would be an R-rated reboot directed by Neil Marshall, of 2005 horror film The Descent and an Emmy nominee for his work on Game of Thrones. Harbour, best known for his role as Jim Hopper on Stranger Things, has been on board since the start as the title character.
The film has recently made headlines due to the casting of English actor Ed Skrein as Japanese-American character Ben Daimio, with the move cited as the latest in a series of whitewashed castings — placing white actors in traditionally minority roles — in Hollywood. Skrein subsequently left the film, stating that he was unaware of the character’s heritage, and “to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the arts.” This week, it was confirmed that Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim had been cast in the part.
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.”
In June, Perlman shared a photo of himself, Harbour and actor/comedian Patton Oswalt on Facebook at what he described as a “detente dinner.” “Good luck kid! Signed, the babe,” Perlman told his Hellboy successor.
Hellboy debuted in comic books in 1993, and has starred in multiple series at Dark Horse Comics since. The upcoming Hellboy film doesn’t yet have a release date, but is expected in 2018.
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