Philadelphia (CW Philly) — Due to “Hellboy’s” whitewashing controversy, Lionsgate is making attempts at a recover.
Information came to Hollywood reports, that Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to replace Ed Skrein in the upcoming “Hellboy” reboot. Skrein decided to give up his role as Major Ben Daimio after he found that the character is half-Japanese in the original comics. Fans became angry and cited this as another instance where Hollywood hires white actors to take on roles of racial minority characters.
“I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage. There has been intense conversation and understandable upset since that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right,” Skrein said through posted statement. “It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the Arts.”
Hellboy is projected to be in theaters somewhere in 2018, and will star the likes of David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, and Sasha Lane.