Ron Perlman is done talking about Hellboy, and he'd appreciate it if everyone would stop asking him about it.
During a recent Reddit AMA, the actor was asked what he thought about the upcoming reboot now that Lionsgate Studios has released the first look at star David Harbour as the titular character. "I've made my peace with it," Perlman responded. "I refuse to answer any questions about it."
While it might seem as though Perlman is bitter about the film, a Facebook post he made in June featuring himself, Harbour and Patton Oswalt having what her coined "a detente dinner" included words of encouragement for the new hero from the underworld. "Good luck kid!" Perlman declared. "Signed, the babe."
The Hellboy reboot 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.” Shortly there after, it was announced 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.”
Mike Mignola's 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 to arrive in theaters in 2018; a previously reported release date of January. 11 2019 has since been debunked by the studio.