British actor and rapper Ed Skrein has announced that he has departed the Neil Marshall-directed Hellboy movie, based on the character created by Mike Mignola.
The Deadpool star was initially cast as Major Ben Daimio, a member of the B.P.R.D (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense), before the news was met with online criticism of the studio ‘whitewashing’ the cast.
Daimio, a smaller character in the Hellboy comics first appearing in 2004, is of Japanese descent – which was unbeknownst to Skrein when he landed the part. Following the controversy, he posted this update on his Twitter feed yesterday.
— Ed Skrein (@edskrein) August 28, 2017
While we can all agree that representation in film has been a topic of great debate over the last few years. It’s good to see performers responding to criticism in a humble and constructive manner. Ed’s statement was met with unanimous praise by fans, advocates of diverse representation and filmmakers.
The Hellboy reboot is slated for a 2018 release. And will star Stranger Things actor David Harbour in the titular role – joined by Sasha Lane, Ian McShane and Milla Jovovich.