The star studded cast of the Hellboy reboot continues to grow, as David Harbour and company have added another star to the list. American Gods and Game of Thrones’ actor Ian McShane is the latest to the Guillermo del Toro less adaptation of everyone favorite cigar smoking hell spawn.
McShane will be tasked with the important role of Professor Broom, Trevor Bruttenholm. Previously played by John Hurt, the professor not only plays a vital role in teaching Hellboy, he also humanizes him, becoming his surrogate fatherer in the process.
As it sits, the current title for the reboot will be Hellboy: Rise of the Blooddqueen. It should be interesting to see if the Ian McShane’s role and tenure as the professor will last longer than Hurt’s portrayal, who is killed in the first movie by Rasputin.
The film will be directed by Neil Marshall, best known for his work on The Descent, as well as two of the most acclaimed episodes of Game of Thrones, “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall.” Hellboy: Rise of the Bloodqueen’s script will be penned by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and the comic book’s creator Mike Mignola.
Mignola talked a little bit about the upcoming films decision to be rated R on the Post Morten podcast earlier this summer.
“It’s not like I’m going to force it to be R-rated,” he said, “but if it happens to come out that way, just because of my own sensibilities, then fine. And nobody’s going to stop us.
The creator also talked about how, at its roots, his original source material is kind of bloody anyway, so they are wholeheartedly going to embrace that.
Despite the lack of Ron Perlman and del Toro, the next installment in the franchise is shaping up to be an awesome reboot. Be sure to check back to the site for more updates, as well as all of your other Nerdy News and Needs!