Hellboy Allowed to Film in Cathedral Amid Controversy


Officials at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England, are defending their decision to allow the Hellboy reboot to film inside the historic church.

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According to BBC News, some worshipers had complained about the cathedral's use in the production, but officials argued that, at its heart, the film is about "the eternal battle of good over evil."

"We realise that the idea of this filming may cause concern with some people who aren’t familiar with the stories and character," Wells Cathedral said in a statement. "Hellboy originated, in fact, as a superhero in a series of novels created by Mike Mignola. His true nature is one of a hero and he becomes a defender against the forces of darkness. The eternal battle of good over evil which this story examines helps us to encourage an intelligent faith which does not hide from controversy and one that looks for the good inside people no matter their outward appearance."

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Stranger Things actor David Harbour, who stars as Hellboy, was reportedly spotted on the cathedral's grounds.

The film previously dealt with a larger controversy when actor Ed Skrein was cast as Major Ben Daimio, who's Japanese-American in the comic books. Following accusations of whitewashing, Skrein stepped aside, and Daniel Dae Kim was cast in the role.

Directed by Neill Marshall, Hellboy also stars Milla Jovovich, as Nimue, The Blood Queen, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm and Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan.

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