Neil Marshall’s reboot of the Hellboy film franchise has a release date: Jan. 11, 2019, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Which — and this may come as a shock — is only about a year away.
The new series will star David Harbour (Stranger Things) in the title role, alongside Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich and Daniel Dae Kim. Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman, director and star of the previous Hellboy movies, are not involved — but Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is co-writing the script. Originally intended as a cap to what would have been del Toro’s Hellboy trilogy, the film was retooled into the first installment of a full reboot for the franchise.
Harbour’s muscled take on Hellboy hit the internet this September to a buzz of fan interest over the new version of the character. Or, at least, to how many more visible muscle-veins he had over the makeup Perlman wore in the del Toro films.
The movie also made headlines when actor Ed Skrein realized he’d been hired to portray a character of color and bowed out of the production to allow an actor whose race matched the character’s to be cast. Daniel Dae Kim has since taken on the role of Ben Daimio, a BPRD agent who can transform into a jaguar.
Very little is confirmed about the plot of the Hellboy reboot — or its full title.