Hellboy’s story begins when Grigori Rasputin calls upon the demon and brings him to our world. Trevor Bruttenholm (Professor Broom) is the one who experiments on him, eventually raising him as a child. While John Hurt played the character in Guillermo del Toro’s films, the great Ian McShane will now grow his beard out for the Neil Marshall-directed reboot of Hellboy.
In a new interview with Fandom, McShane talked about his relationship with Hellboy, this time played by David Harbour. Unlike the previous films, the new incarnation will explore trust issues between the title character and McShane’s Professor Broom:
“You don’t start with the birth of Hellboy… but the relationship between [Hellboy and Broom] is quite crusty. Does he trust his father? [Hellboy asks], ‘Why didn’t you kill me? I’m a monster.’ It’s a little bit of a psychological battle against Hellboy. There’s one important moment in [the film] when [Hellboy] sort of thinks he’s fighting his own people, the outsiders. So, he’s being used by the insiders, which is me, if you like.”
Broom is an expert of the occult, the first and former director of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and the parental guardian of Hellboy.
Milla Jovovich stars as the Blood Queen, with Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim and Penelope Mitchell. Also starring are Sophie Okonedo (After Earth), Brian Gleeson (mother!) and Alistair Petrie (The Night Manager, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
The plot of Hellboy follows the hero and his ragtag team of paranormal researchers who are trying to save the world from a medieval sorceress who wants to destroy humankind. Okonedo will play Lady Hatton, a resident seer at the Osiris Club, an ancient English club dedicated to uncovering supernatural mysteries. Petrie is playing Lord Adam Glaren, a high-ranking member at the club, and Gleeson will play Merlin, a wizard. Kim was cast as Ben Daimio, who in Mignola’s comic books is a Japanese American whose heritage has a heavy influence on his character. Deadline first reported the news.
Look for this one January 11, 2019.