“Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen” will be smashing into theaters in 2019. According to Screenrant, Lionsgate has set a January 11, 2019, premiere date for the film, which is a reboot of the early 2000s “Hellboy” films from director Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”). While the reboot was meant to be a continuation of del Toro’s series, those plans were scrapped when Neil Marshall (“Centurion”) came on to direct. Instead, “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen” will be a dark, “mature” take on the comic book hero with an R-rated edge.
“Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen” is set to star David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) as Big Red; the first look at him in full costume was praised for his close resemblance to the original Hellboy, Ron Perlman (“Hellboy”). Opposite Harbour is Milla Jovovich (“Resident Evil”), who will play the villainous Nimue the Blood Queen; Ian McShane (“American Gods”) will also feature as Hellboy’s adoptive father Professor Trevor Bruttenholm.
Some of the casting for the new film has been controversial, with Ed Skrein (“Deadpool”), a white actor, catching heat for taking the role of the Japanese character Major Ben Daimo. Skrein quickly stepped down after learning the character was Japanese in the comics and was replaced by Daniel Dae Kim (“Hawaii Five-0”). Rounding out the cast are Sasha Lane (“American Honey”) and Penelope Mitchell (“The Vampire Diaries”).
Original “Hellboy” comic book writer Mike Mignola has co-written the reboot’s script alongside Andrew Cosby (“Eureka”) and Christopher Golden (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). Screenrant notes that while del Toro’s films focused on the supernatural fantasy side of the comics and general monster world-building, Marshall will focus on the horror aspects of “Hellboy.” Marshall has a good track record with horror and comic book projects, helming shows like “Constantine” and previously directing “Dog Soldiers” and “The Descent.”
“Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen” will premiere in theaters Jan. 11, 2019.