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Ian McShane joins the cast of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen


Ian McShane (John Wick, American Gods) is joining the new Hellboy movie. He will be playing Hellboy’s adoptive father, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm (pronounced Broom). John Hurt previously played the role in Guillermo del Toro’s two films.

David Harbour (Stranger Things) is playing Hellboy, which is slated to begin filming in September. Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) will direct.

The film’s working title is Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and has a script by Andrew Cosby(Eureka), Christopher Golden, and Mike Mignola (the creator of Hellboy).

First appearing in comics in 1993, Hellboy is a demon summoned from Hell by the Nazi occultists near the end of World War II. Raised by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm of Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy went on to be billed as “The World’s greatest occult detective.”

David Harbour has been talking about Hellboy, as he will be playing him in Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen – “I really do think those Mike Mignola Hellboy comics are so beautiful and he’s such a hero for America that we live in today. I definitely think Hellboy is an antihero. He was kind of born into it. It wasn’t something like Batman where he chooses to go and fight crime. He was just born this weird half-demon spawned by Nazi occultists and saved by these dudes who tried to raise him right. For him, it’s a sense of discovery. His actual destiny as a ‘hero’ is to end the world. He is the beast of the apocalypse. So, in a way, his struggle to be a superhero is to just not do the thing that he’s destined to do.”

Andrew Cosby spoke to Silver Screen Beat and gave a few details about the tone they are going for –“I can’t really talk about specifics with regard to the story, which they’re keeping a pretty tight lid on at the moment, but I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy. Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.

Honestly, everyone has just been working overtime to bring that Mignola magic to the big screen. The script is done, but work will continue as we move forward, always trying to make it the best it can be.”


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