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Ed Skrein Bows Out Of Hellboy Reboot Amidst Whitewashing Claims

Written by Tim Midura on Monday, August 28 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Ed Skrein Bows Out Of Hellboy Reboot Amidst Whitewashing Claims

Skrein signed on to play the Japanese-American B.P.R.D. agent Ben Daimio.

Source: Twitter

Last week, it was announced that Ed Skrein would be joining Neil Marshall's Hellboy reboot, as B.P.R.D. Agent Ben Daimio. The character is able to turn into a jaguar when he gets angry or is in pain because of a prior supernatural incident. He is also a Japanese-American, which has caused blowback on the internet for whitewashing.

Because of the backlash and an unfamiliarity with the source material, Skrein announced that he would be stepping down from the role.

Skrein is the first Hollywood actor, we're aware of, that responded to whitewashing criticism by listening and taking action. In July, Mandy Patinkin stepped down from the Broadway play Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, after a diversity firestorm.

The Hellboy reboot, formerly titled Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen, is directed by Marshall, and stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, and Milla Jovovich as The Blood Queen. The film, which is shooting for an R rating, is set to film this fall for a 2018 release.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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