Developments are afoot on the Hellboy reboot front: after finding its new leading man in Stranger Things star David Harbour, the film has cast Hellboy’s father and the villainous blood queen. It’s also been confirmed that the film, formerly titled ‘Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen’, will now simply be titled ‘Hellboy’. The character was created by writer-artist Mike Mignola and starred in comics published by Dark Horse. It has spawned two live-action films, 2004’s Hellboy and 2008’s Hellboy: The Golden Army, directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman as Hellboy.
Professor Trevor Bruttenholm and Hellboy
Ian McShane (Deadwood, American Gods, Game of Thrones) has been cast as Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, the kindly academic who becomes Hellboy’s adoptive father. A member of the British Paranormal Society, Professor Bruttenholm was brought on as an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, when the Allies learned that Hitler was pursuing research into the occult. In the two earlier Hellboy films, Professor Bruttenholm was portrayed by the late Sir John Hurt.
Milla Jovovich as Blood Queen
Milla Jovovich, star of The Fifth Element and the Resident Evil franchise, will play the Blood Queen, the villainess of the piece. The Blood Queen first appeared in Volume #2 of Hellboy: The Wild Hunt, and was formerly known as Nimue, the Lady of the Lake – yes, the one from Arthurian legend. Nimue went mad from worshipping Ogdru Jahad, the seven-headed Beast from the book of Revelation, and became so dangerous that the other witches of Britain killed her, dismembered her and buried the pieces in chests deep beneath the ground. Needless to say, she eventually resurrected to wreak havoc upon the earth, facing off against Hellboy.
Hellboy is directed by Neil Marshall, who directed The Descent, Doomsday, and the Game of Thrones episodes “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall”. Andrew Cosby is working on the latest draft of a screenplay by Christopher Golden, Mignola and Aron Coleite. The film will be rated ‘R’ in the United States, and is set to start production in September 2017. A release date has yet to be confirmed.