It’s been a long wait for the general public to get their first look at the newly rebooted live-action Hellboy, but that day is almost here as the trailer is expected to arrive tomorrow sometime during the day.
In the meantime, EW has the exclusive on some pertinent details related to the movie, including the first new image that includes its three core cast members of Hellboy (Dave Harbour), Ben Daimio (Daniel Dae Kim) and Alice Monaghan (Sasha Lane), in this adaptation of the Darkness Calls – The Wild Hunt – Storm & The Fury trilogy. It’s hard for me to imagine, of course, that they’ll adapt it all considering where that story goes specifically by its end…but who knows? They really could go for broke here.
EW spoke with Harbour as he talks about the movie and its rebooted status:
“It’s not an origin story, but it’s his coming to terms with where he came from,” says Harbour. “He’s been Hellboy for a long time, but there’s a new turn of events at the start of the film, where people start to bring up the fact that he might bring about the end of the world, and it’s really the first time he’s heard anything like that. The question that comes up in the movie is where does he really belong?”
The other two big changes here are that Hellboy is unaware of his destiny prior to the events of this movie, perhaps Rasputin and others were a best less forthcoming in the timeline of this version, and Professor Bruttenholm is still alive…and played by Ian McShane…so one imagines his ongoing presence will have great impact on how Hellboy developed over the years. Though it’s apparently a strained relationship, which is a new wrinkle.
Even the villains get new dimensions it seems, as the film looks to deepen Nimue’s (played by Milla Jovovich) pov, who is angered by humanity’s actions towards her kind:
“We really three-dimensionalized her in the movie,” Harbour says. “She was brought up in a culture that treated her kind a certain way, and it wasn’t always deserving. That’s the point that becomes compelling to Hellboy and spins his head around.”
Hellboy, directed by Neil Marshall, and co-written by Mike Mignola (!!), Christopher Golden, Andrew Cosby and Aron Coleite hits theaters on April 12.
Entertainment Editor for The Beat covering film, television and the occasional comic book. His work can also be found at GeekRex.com and can be heard on the GeekRex podcast. He really loves the Legion of Super-Heroes a lot.