Guillermo Del Toro, the director behind 2004's Hellboy and 2008's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, isn't involved in the upcoming reboot, but he recently shared some encouraging words for the new film's star, David Harbour.
In a recent interview, Del Troo was asked for his opinion on the rebooted version of the franchise he helped to adapt from the comics for its original big screen incarnation. Asked if he had any thoughts regarding Harbour taking the role over from Ron Perlman, Del Toro told Screen Geek, "No, I mean I like him. I don’t know him and I’m not involved with the movie. But I sure wish them luck, man. He’s a great guy."
The director went on to joke that there's no way Harbour's version could be better than Perlman's. Of course, there's no way of fans knowing for sure until it's released in 2019. Based on the first look, the rebooted take on the character will be a tad different from its predecessor.
The rebooted franchise will follow Hellboy on a journey to England, where he must defeat Nimue, Merlin’s consort and the Blood Queen. Unfortunately, their battle may bring about the end of the world, a fate the hero from the underworld will desperately try to prevent.
Directed by Neill Marshall, Hellboy also stars David Harbour as the titular Hellboy, Milla Jovovich as Nimue the Blood Queen, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio, and Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan. The film currently has no release date.