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Published On: Sat, Sep 23rd, 2017

First look: David Harbour in ‘Hellboy’ and it pleases Mike Mignola

Filming is underway and the creator of the Hellboy universe Mike Mignola took to Twitter to share the first look at David Harbour as the titular character in the new film.

He posted a picture with the caption, “Holy crap” — which probably means that he likes what he sees. Check out the photo below.

The Stranger Things star leads the reboot directed by Neil Marshall and written by Mignola, Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Aron Coleite. Harbour is joined by Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, and Daniel Dae Kim who replaced Ed Skrein after a whitewashing backlash.

 

The story follows the titular character and his ragtag team of paranormal researchers who are trying to save the world from a medieval sorceress who wants to destroy humankind.

Skrein was cast to play Ben Daimio, who, in the Mignola comic books, is a Japanese American whose heritage has a heavy influence on his character. There was immediate backlash for the casting and Skrein stepped aside.

Harbour has voiced no interest in rehashing the same stories present in the Ron Perlman films.

“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.”

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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