Variety is reporting that the studio has replaced Ed Skrein in the Hellboy reboot. Daniel Dae Kim is in final talks to take on the role of Major Ben Daimio.
The role was previous held by Skrein, but he stepped down when it became apparent that the character was being whitewashed. It was the kind of thing we don’t see in Hollywood very often, and it was something Skrein himself got a lot of props for.
Kim is a vocal proponent of equality in Hollywood, as he recently walked away from the CBS show Hawaii Five-0 over pay issues. At the time of his resignation, Kim wrote the following on Facebook:
“Though I made myself available to come back, CBS and I weren’t able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue.
As an Asian-American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho. I will miss him sincerely. What made him even more special is that he was a representative of a place my family and I so dearly love. It has been nothing short of an honor to be able to showcase the beauty and people of Hawaii every week, and I couldn’t be prouder to call these islands home.”
The Hellboy reboot has been casting a bunch of roles over the last several months and is rumored to enter production any day now.
Hellboy, directed by Neil Marshall, will also star David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Lane, Penelope Mitchell, and Ian McShane. It currently has a 2018 release date.