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August 2, 2017


American Gods star Ian McShane has joined the reboot of HELLBOY: RISE OF THE BLOOD QUEEN. McShane will play Hellboy’s adoptive father, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm aka Professor Broom. In Guillermo Del Toro’s film, he was played by the late John Hurt.

Stranger Things star David Harbour will play the titular hero of the film, which is set to begin production in September. Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) directs from a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin produce, with Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment.

Hellboy first appeared in the Dark Horse comics in 1993. He’s a demon summoned by the Nazi occultists near the end of World War II. Raised by Professor Trevor Buttenholm of Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy went on to be called as “The World’s greatest occult detective.” The adventure of the character have been chronicled in countless comics, including his time with the Bureau, his early years as a young boy, and even the time he spent in hell after dying on Earth. The main Hellboy title character has also served as a launching point for other characters and stories, including Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson, BPRD, Sledgehammer 44 and many others.

It is unknown whether the “Blood Queen” title is The Queen of Blood (also known as Nimue) from the comics, that Arthurian-era character was resurrected to bring Hellboy to his adversary Gruagach. Hellboy awakens an army of dead knights to battle her, and while Nimue is defeated, she ultimately winds up dragging the hero with her to hell.

The first film was released in theaters in April of 2004 with Ron Perlman in the title role. It was produced on a $66 million budget and earned $99 million worldwide. Del Toro returned for the sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which was released in July of 2008 on a budget of $85 million and earned $160.3 millino.


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