In late August, actor Ed Skrein known for his role in Deadpool and Transporter: Refueled, took to Twitter to announce his departure from the Neil Marshall Hellboy reboot due to him being cast as a character of mixed Asian heritage (read the full story here). Skrein left in relatively good spirits with fans, producers, and even Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy. With his departure, all eyes were on Hollywood to see if they would respond to the heavy backlash and properly represent the source material’s character by casting someone of the proper ethnic background.
Fortunately, it’s been announced that the character of Ben Daimio will be played by Daniel Dae Kim.
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) September 13, 2017
While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Kim discussed his thoughts on Skrein stepping out of the Hellboy reboot…
“I applaud the producers and, in particular, Ed Skrein for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors…He could not have addressed the issue more elegantly and I remain indebted to him for his strength of character.”
The Hellboy reboot currently features David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Hellboy, Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) as Nimue the Blood Queen, Ian Mcshane (Lovejoy) as Professor Broom, and Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0, Lost) as Major Ben Daimio. The character of Ben Daimio was a member of the B.P.R.D. (The Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense) A former U.S. Marine who returned from the dead under mysterious circumstances.
Hellboy comes to England, where he must defeat Nimue, Merlin’s consort, and the Blood Queen. But their battle will bring about the end of the world, a fate he desperately tries to turn away.