Anytime a new actor takes over an iconic role, there’s discussion about the previous version and what the new performer will bring to the character. That’s happened in no small amount for the upcoming Hellboy reboot from Lionsgate, which will see Stranger Things star David Harbour as Big Red, a role Ron Perlman originally brought to life.
Just today, Empire Magazine released a brand-new image of Harbour as Hellboy from their April issue (which is available now), and a new quote from Harbour about not imitating Perlman’s performance.
“[Perlman] does something quite extraordinary in those films that is very specific to him, and I did not want to imitate that in any way. In our movie Hellboy’s younger. He’s rougher. He’s much more of a teenager. He’s really struggling with the idea of whether or not he’s a good person.
Hellboy is fundamentally a sweet-hearted guy but also a big old killer, just whacking people. We explore the horror of what it must be like to be from hell and to struggle to find your place among human beings.”
We’re pretty excited about the tease of iconic Hellboy things and folks from the trailer, including Nimue the Blood Queen.
David Harbour stars as Big Red, Milla Jovovich as Nimue the Blood Queen,
Ian McShane as Trevor Brutteholm director of the agency and Hellboy’s adoptive father,
Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio BPRD fellow agent, Thomas Haden Church as Lobster Johnson, and Sarah Lane as Alice Monaghan, a woman who in the comics Hellboy rescued from fairies during her infancy. Neil Marshall is directing.
Hellboy hits theaters on April 12th, 2019.