Ed Skrein, who recently played Francis Freeman in Deadpool, will be taking on the role of Benjamin Daimio in the coming Hellboy film. The character is a a supernaturally-powered agent working for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.
In the comics, Daimio possesses the power to turn into a jaguar after, as a member of the United States Marine Corps, he was sent to the Bolivian Jungle to rescue a group of nuns being held hostage, only to come face-to-face with their captors: a jaguar god-worshipping cult. Daimio did battle with the cult’s deity and lost. Three days after being declared dead, he awoke only to find that he can turn into a jaguar in certain circumstances.
The adaptation of Mike Mignola’s comic book series will be directed by Neil Marshall. Aside from Skrein, the film stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen and Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan. The film is scheduled to hit theaters in 2018.