Ed Skrein Departs Hellboy Reboot

Only last week it was announced Ed Skrein had been cast in the coming Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen film in the role of Major Ben Daimio. The announcement was met with immediate backlash as the the character is of Asian heritage in the comics. As a result, Skrein has departed from the project.

In a statement to Deadline, Hellboy producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin, Lionsgate and Millennium said:

 “Ed came to us and felt very strongly about this. We fully support his unselfish decision.  It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material.”

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