The upcoming Hellboy reboot has added fan favorite Ian McShane to its cast. The American Gods star is set to appear alongside David Harbour in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, which is scheduled to start shooting next month.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, McShane will play Professor Broom, Hellboy’s adoptive father in the graphic novels on which the film is based. The role was previously portrayed by the late John Hurt in Guillermo Del Toro’s two previous Hellboy film. McShane is also known for playing Brother Ray in season six of Game of Thrones, as well as for roles in Deadwood and the John Wick franchise.
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen will be directed by Neil Marshall, best known for his work on Game of Thrones, as well as such films as Doomsday and The Descent. Stranger Things star David Harbour will play Hellboy, and the character’s creator Mike Mignola is deeply involved with the film.
In a recent interview with the Post Mortem podcast, Marshall explained that, unlike Del Toro’s two previous films, he would be taking a more adult approach.
“We can make the movie we want to make,” he said. “It’s not like I’m going to force it to be R-rated, but if it happens to come out that way, just because of my own sensibilities, then fine. And nobody’s going to stop us. So, that’s the main [difference].”
“And I’m sure, obviously, the success of things like Deadpool and Logan have not hurt that cause. But, also, when you go back the original material, it is kind of bloody, so I’m going to embrace that.”
Hellboy first appeared in 1993 and has featured in a wide variety of regular comic books, miniseries, one-shots, and crossovers since, published by Dark Horse Comics.
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