If you’re a fan of Deadwood, Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean and Lovejoy (I mean, how can you not be?) you should have heard of Ian McShane. Well, the already prolific acting legend has now joined forces with David Harbour to star in the upcoming Hellboy movie reboot.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that McShane will join the Hellboy movie cast as Professor Boom, who has appeared as Hellboy’s adoptive father in both the graphic novels and the two previous Hellboy films, directed by Guillermo Del Toro (played by John Hurt).
The new movie will be called Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and will be directed by Game of Thrones, The Descent, and Doomsday director, Neil Marshall to bring us a new take on Hellboy – who will be played by Stranger Things David Harbour (a casting we absolutely love, BTW).
Director Neil Marshall has recently spoken with the Post Mortem podcast and explained that his take on the Hellboy character would be different to Guillermo Del Toro’s vision. In his case, his movie would be more adult.
We can make the movie we want to make. It’s not like I’m going to force it to be R-rated, but if it happens to come out that way, just because of my own sensibilities, then fine. And nobody’s going to stop us. So, that’s the main [difference]. And I’m sure, obviously, the success of things like Deadpool and Logan have not hurt that cause. But, also, when you go back the original material, it is kind of bloody, so I’m going to embrace that.
With this ethos in mind, we can probably expect a change in Professor Boom – especially with Ian McShane on board. In the 2004 Del Toro Hellboy, Professor Boom was introduced as a gentle, yet frustrated father figure to Hellboy. But with McShane’s past characters (who are notoriously grumpy and angry) we’re hoping Marshall will use this ability to bring us an even more iconic character.
Filming for Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is due to start filming next month, but so far we don’t have the Blood Queen herself, so they better find their villainess pretty sharp-ish…