Ed Skrein Steps Away From ‘Hellboy’ Reboot To Give An Asian Actor A Chance

Ed Skrein uncasted himself in the ‘Hellboy’ Reboot Monday afternoon after concerns over ‘whitewashing’ of the character Major Ben Daimio who is Asian.

Skrein posted his statement on Twitter:

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Lionsgate issued a statement as well, via The Hollywood Reporter.

“Ed came to us and felt very strongly about this. We fully support his unselfish decision. It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material.”

Neil Marshall is directing the reboot, and Mila Jovovich will be playing the Lady of the Lake alongside David Harbour – who will don the red mask as Hellboy – and Ian McShane’s Professor Broom.

‘Hellboy,’ which was originally saddled with ‘The Blood Queen’ as a subtitle, will be here at some point in 2018, though a specific date has yet to be attached.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.