Following in the wake of today’s first photo reveal of David Harbour in character as Hellboy in Neil Marshall’s upcoming film reboot of the comics property, actor Daniel Dae Kim has officially confirmed his participation in the project.
Kim is playing Major Ben Daimio, a rugged Japanese-American military leader within the B.P.R.D. who can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain.
In August, Skrein was cast in the role but, following an outcry over whitewashing an Asian-American character, he made the unprecedented move to step down later that month with an eloquent statement that was universally well-received.
Speaking with THR, Kim issued his own statement thanking the movie’s producers and Skrein:
“I applaud the producers and, in particular, Ed Skrein for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors. He could not have addressed the issue more elegantly and I remain indebted to him for his strength of character.
It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voice in the Arts. I feel it is important to honor and respect that.”
Filming begins today on Lionsgate and Millennium’s new “Hellboy” film ahead of its release January 2019.