After having debunked earlier reports of the movie's release date, Lionsgate has now announced that its anticipated Hellboy reboot will arrive in theaters on January 11, 2019.
The franchise-relaunching film stars David Harbour (Stranger Things) as the cigar-chomping, demon-slaughtering Hellboy. Harbour is stepping into the role Ron Perlman made famous in director Guillermo Del Toro's two fan-favorite films.
In addition to Harbour bringing “Big Red” to life, 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, directed by Neil Marshall, is said to be “not really an origin story” and more of a darker horror film than previous Hellboy movies.
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.” It was later announced that Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim has been cast in the part.
Hellboy debuted in comic books in 1993, and has starred in multiple series at Dark Horse Comics in the subsequent decades.