Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to replace Ed Skrein in the Hellboy reboot.
The 49-year-old actor, who is best known to us for starring in TV series Lost (though also the star of Hawaii Five-0), could be starring as Major Ben Daimo, a consultant to the titular character at the Bureau for Paranormal Research, in the Neil Marshall reboot after Skrein dropped out of the movie due to complaints the character was being “whitewashed”, Variety reports.
The casting of the Deadpool star had been slammed by fans, as the character is originally portrayed as Japanese-American in the comic book.
Skrein said in a statement on Twitter: “It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voice in the Arts. I feel it is important to honor and respect that. Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately. Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family. It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity. It is my hope that one day these discussions will become less necessary and that we can help make equal representation in the Arts a reality.”
The plot in the new movie follows Hellboy as he battles with a medieval evil wizard who is determined to destroy humankind.
David Harbour has already been cast as Hellboy and will be joined by Milla Jovovich, 41, as the Blood Queen and Ian McShane, 74, as Professor Broom, the scientist who adopts the titular demon child, in the Marshall-helmed movie.
The part of Professor Broom was originally brought to life by the late John Hurt in the Ron Perlman starring-movies Hellboy and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.
The upcoming project has been in the pipeline for some time, but the reboot is set to happen without original director Guillermo del Toro, who couldn’t agree with the studio’s vision for the movie.
Instead, Marshall – who worked on the likes of The Descent and Game of Thrones – is taking charge of the film.