The Hellboy reboot is eyeing Daniel Dae Kim for the role of Major Ben Daimio, after Ed Skrein left the project amid concerns of whitewashing. In 2004, director Guillermo del Toro debuted the first live-action adaptation of Hellboy, starring Ron Perlman as the titular hero, to critical praise and a successful enough box office run. The film was granted a sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which was much less well received, and put a halt to plans for a trilogy from del Toro and Perlman. Earlier this year, del Toro had a meeting to discuss whether fans of his take on Hellboy would get to see a third installment, but the director confirmed Hellboy 3 isn’t happening.
Instead, a Hellboy reboot is in the works from Lionsgate and Millennium with Stranger Things‘ David Harbour set to star.
Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) will direct the new version of Hellboy, and the film has been filling out its cast in recent weeks. One such casting annoucement, that of Deadpool’s Ed Skrein in the role of Ben Daimio, was met with an outcry among fans who were concerned that the project was whitewashing the character – who is Japanese-American in the comics – by casting an actor who is not Asian or Asian-American. Skrein decided to leave Hellboy after hearing these concerns and the studio released a statement assuring fans they would cast someone in line with the character.
Now, THR is reporting that Daniel Dae Kim, who recently left CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, is in talks for the role of Ben Daimio. The character is a member of the bureau for paranormal research and defense who has the supernatural ability to turn into a jaguar when angry or in pain.