AceShowbiz - The much-anticipated "Hellboy" remake *has booked a release date. The movie rumored to be titled "Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen" is reportedly scheduled to make its way out across the country on January 11, 2019. It will come out a week before "Playmobil", "Pigeon Impossible" and "Glass".
The titular hero is played by %cDavid Harbour%. The "Stranger Things" actor looks unrecognizable in the first image from the movie. He wears prosthetics in his dramatic transformation as the red-skinned demonic hero. The infamous Right Hand of Doom is also revealed in the picture.
The reboot will be directed by Neil Marshall ("Game of Thrones", "Constantine", "Hannibal"). The project was announced after attempts to follow up the original two movies fell apart. The threequel had been in development for a long time before it was killed off due to budget issues.
The first Hellboy movie came out in 2004 and quickly gained a cult following. A sequel called "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" was released four years later. Harbour assumed the role originated by %cRon Perlman% in the Guillermo del Toro films.
%cSasha Lane% is expected to play the hero's love interest Alice Monaghan, a woman saved from fairies. %cIan McShane% is added as the demonic hero's adoptive father Professor Trevor Broom, %cMilla Jovovich% joins the cast members as the villanious Blood Queen, and %cPenelope Mitchell% as elder witch Ganeida.
%cDaniel Dae Kim% is in talks to play Major Ben Daimio, a Japanese-American member of The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. English actor %cEd Skrein% was originally attached to the role but he backed out over whitewashing controversy.
"I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage. There has been intense conversation and understandable upset since that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right," the actor said. "Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately."
Kim praised Skrein for his departure, "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."
*UPDATE (Sept. 18, 2017): The original version of this article said that "Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen" has got an official release date. Lionsgate Films actually has not announced a release date for the movie yet. Thus, we have updated this article accordingly to reflect that the date listed above is based on an unofficial source.