Selma Blair has admitted that she is heartbroken about plans to move ahead with a Hellboy reboot rather than a sequel to the movies she was in.
The actress starred opposite Ron Perlman in the 2004 cult hit Hellboy and its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, both of which were based on Mike Mignola’s comic character and directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Due for release in 2019, the reboot will star David Harbour, Ian McShane and Milla Jovovich and is directed by Neil Marshall.
Perlman opted not to reprise his role as Hellboy when he learned that del Toro would not be involved, and his co-star Blair is also not featuring in the reboot.
She told Cinema Blend that she’s heartbroken not to be able to complete the trilogy with a third film led by del Toro, though she did also seem to wish the project well.
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“God, you know, people are fans of Hellboy and also fans of Guillermo,” she said.
“So part of us, the ones that were so loyal to Guillermo, our hearts are broken that it didn’t work out with the greatest third installment ever written that I wish I could play more than anything in the world.”
She added: “But I truly hope that Mike Mignola has his vision out there for the darker Hellboy come to light, and I’m sure he will, and David Harbour is excellent and everyone involved, but no my heart is broken.”
The upcoming Hellboy has been controversial beyond the decision to make it a reboot, with British actor Ed Skrein originally cast as Major Ben Daimio, prompting a backlash for ‘whitewashing’ a character who was Japanese-American in the comics.
Skrein later withdrew from the role, saying that “representation of ethnic diversity is important”.
Representatives for Wells Cathedral in Somerset also defended the decision to allow filmmakers to shoot parts of the movie there.
Hellboy is released in US cinemas on Friday, January 11, 2019.