We reported the other day that Daniel Dae Kim was in final talks to replace Ed Skrein in the Hellboy reboot after the whitewashing outcry. Today, we got confirmation from The Hollywood Reporter that Kim has joined the cast. Kim, who is an advocate for Asian representation and equality in Hollywood, also made a statement about joining the cast and commended Skrein for walking away from the role:
“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.”
Skrein got a lot of props from a lot of people in the industry, and it was the kind of move that is likely going to help his career in the long run. As for Kim, he is a fantastic actor who deserves a big role like this. He continued his statement saying how happy he was to join the movie:
“I’m excited to confirm that I’ve officially joined the cast of Hellboy. We start shooting today and I’ll be playing Ben Daimio, alongside our very talented cast, headed by David Harbour, and director, Neil Marshall. Thank you for all the supportive tweets and comments, especially in light of the recent events surrounding its original casting.”
Helboy has apparently started shooting today, which means it’ll likely run through the end of the year. That 2018 release date that they’ve been shooting for seems more and more likely. We can probably expect this one to hit around the fall of next year. A Halloween release could give this one a lot of free publicity.
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.
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