“Deadpool” villain and the most recent incarnation of “The Transporter,” actor Ed Skrein, has joined the cast of the “Hellboy” reboot of Lionsgate and Millennium.
David Harbour stars as the occult detective from the Mike Mignola comics along with Ian McShane as his adoptive father Professor Broom and Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen, a medieval sorceress out to destroy humankind.
Skrein will play Major Ben Daimio, a rugged military man who works for the B.P.R.D. and who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a were-jaguar when angered or in pain.
Harbour recently sat down with the Happy Sad Confused podcast to offer some new details about the reboot which will be partly inspired by “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in its approach in that it will not be an origin story as such, you start with a “running and gunning” scene before dialing it back a bit:
“You accept that there’s this half-demon guy running around the world and being a paranormal investigator and solving crimes and also dealing with his own issues at the same time.”
Harbour also spoke about following in the footsteps of Ron Perlman’s performance in the previous films and says he has some new ideas about where to take the character and how it will differ:
“There are things that I’m gonna do that are different. Hellboy is the same character from the comics and from what Ron did, there are certain things that are the same thing, but I do think that – I don’t know, there’s a different approach because I sort of highlight different things, I think, than Ron does.
Ron sort of embraces this machismo in himself and in Hellboy, and I really like it and it’s super fun and it’s a super fun performance, but I think Hellboy has a certain psycho-dynamic where occasionally he has to prove that he’s the lion, has to roar, and I think he struggles with his own masculinity.
But I don’t think he needs that as much as maybe those other movies. I have a bit of a different take on his capability or his slickness. I sort of think that for me he’s a little less skilled at constructing that persona.”
Neil Marshall helms the film which aims to begin shooting in September in the U.K. and Bulgaria. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin are producing.
Source: Heat Vision