Neil Marshall's upcoming Hellboy reboot will inevitably be compared to Guillermo Del Toro's original film and its sequel. However, reboot star David Harbour doesn't plan on trying to imitate the earlier film or Ron Perlman's take on the role. According to the Stranger Things star, Marshall's film will tell a different story with a slightly different character.
"[Perlman] does something quite extraordinary in those films that is very specific to him, and I did not want to imitate that in any way," Harbour told Empire Magazine. "In our movie, Hellboy’s younger. He’s rougher. He’s much more of a teenager. He’s really struggling with the idea of whether or not he’s a good person."
Mike Mignola, who created the Hellboy comic book universe and co-wrote the reboot screenplay, has said that the new film will draw inspiration from "Darkness Calls," "The Wild Hunt" and "The Storm and the Fury," all of which were quite different from the graphic novel that inspired Del Toro's films.
Along with an excerpt from the interview, Empire also released a new photo of Harbour in costume as Hellboy. The image shows the titular hero in the darkly-lit ruins of what appears to be a once-extravagant hall. Other than a brand new look at the costume design, the image doesn't allow any details of Hellboy to slip.
Arriving on April 12, director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio.