The Hellboy movie reboot is picking up steam. American Gods star Ian McShane has been signed on by Lionsgate and Millennium. He joins cast member David Harbour, of Stranger Things fame. So, what role is McShane taking on?
We already know David Harbour will star as the eponymous demonic superhero. Ian McShane will play Hellboy’s adoptive human father, Professor Trevor Broom (or Trevor Bruttenholm). The two will be directed by Neil Marshall. Marshall first came to our attention with The Descent, and furthermore with his work on Game of Thrones.
Ian McShane is a celebrated actor with quite the resume. In addition to American Gods, the Englishman is also known for John Wick: Chapter 2, Kung Fu Panda, Pirates of the Caribbean, and of course the series Deadwood. McShane won a Golden Globe for that last one, by the way. Viewers of American Gods on Starz know that Mr. Wednesday is as good as they come.
Hellboy was originally created by comic book writer and artist Mike Mignola. Guillermo del Toro helmed two successful film adaptations, Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. A third movie was in development for some time, but eventually canceled due to difficulties acquiring funding. Not long after, David Harbour was announced as the new Hellboy, set to star in a reboot rather than a sequel. As much as I would like to see Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro team up again, I ain’t even mad.
According to reports, the film is set to start shooting fall 2017, perhaps as early as September. Locations should include the United Kingdom and Bulgaria. Release is planned for 2018, and we will see what exact date we should expect the return of our favourite stone-handed demon. Hopefully, this movie goes all the way through, unlike del Toro’s failed finale!
Do you geeks think this is a good casting? Are you excited for this movie, or is it yet another reboot/remake/reimagining that we don’t need? Leave your thoughts in the comments!