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Casting news, release dates, trailers, and more essential information about ‘Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.’

Sadly, we’re not going to see another Hellboy movie from Guillermo del Toro. On the bright side, the new Hellboy reboot has a very promising creative team behind it—and it sounds different enough that it won’t overlap with del Toro’s films.

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comics are about a demonic hero who works for a Men In Black-style organization called the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. The BPRD deals with supernatural threats, and Hellboy often teams up with characters like the fish-man Abe Sapien, the German ectoplasm spirit Johann Kraus, and Liz Sherman, a woman with pyrokinetic superpowers.

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The new movie is called Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, directed by cult horror filmmaker Neil Marshall.

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen cast

David Harbour (Police Chief Jim Hopper from Stranger Things) will star as Hellboy. Ian McShane (American Gods) will play Hellboy’s adoptive father, the paranormal academic Trevor Bruttenholm. Former Hellboy actor Ron Perlman previously wanted to continue the franchise with del Toro, but it seems there’s no bad blood between him and Harbour.

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen cast Screengrab via Ron Perlman/Facebook

Milla Jovovich will play Nimue the Blood Queen, the villain. As a veteran of genre movies like The Fifth Element and the Resident Evil franchise, she’s definitely up to the job.

Sasha Lane (American Honey) will play Alice Monaghan, an Irish woman who gets kidnapped by fairies and escapes with a newfound set of magical abilities.

Deadpool actor Ed Skrein will play Major Ben Daimio, a BPRD agent who can transform into a jaguar. Since Daimio is Japanese-American and Skrein is white, the casting choice has already earned some pushback from fans. It’s a pretty clear case of whitewashing, following in the footsteps of widely criticized movies like Ghost in the Shell, Doctor Strange, and Death Note.

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Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen 
release date

The film is expected to come out in 2018. It’s already in pre-production, with David Harbour posting a photo of himself being fitted for Hellboy’s trademark “Right Hand of Doom” in June.

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen trailer Screengrab via @dkharbour/Instagram

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen plot and vision

Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movies had a very specific tone and aesthetic, and Neil Marshall won’t try to follow in their footsteps. He’s a horror director with extensive experience filming violent, adult-rated material, including movies like The Descent and Dog Soldiers, and episodes of Game of Thrones and Black Sails.

In a July 2017 interview with Nerdist, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola explained his thoughts on rebooting the franchise with a new director.

About three years ago the producers, the screenwriter Andrew Cosby, and I all started working on this new story. Del Toro didn’t want to have anything to do with it, he wasn’t going to direct. He was offered to be a producer, and Ron [Perlman] wouldn’t do it without Guillermo.

So we originally started trying to tie it to the del Toro universe and continue those movies. But once we had Neil Marshall, we thought, ‘Why are we going to try and continue that universe?’ Because a del Toro movie is a del Toro movie, and you don’t want to try and hand a del Toro movie to someone else. Especially someone as great as Neil Marshall.

Marshall’s Hellboy will be R-rated, and (unsurprisingly) darker than del Toro’s version. He’s also planning to use a lot of practical effects, rather than relying on CGI.

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen trailer

With filming set to begin sometime this fall, there’s no trailer yet for Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, but we’ll keep you posted!

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

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