There could be no greater compliment for an actor than to be told by a writer that if he knew you would play the part so well he would have never killed you off. Mike Mignola said that of the late great John Hurt and his portrayal of Professor Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm in the Guillermo del Toro adaptation of Hellboy in 2004. So we’re talking about big shoes to fill, not just because of the stature of Hurt as an actor, but because he left his mark on the part so thoroughly that del Toro had to bring him back for The Golden Army even if it was just for a flashback.
Well those shoes are going to be filled in the presently in pre-production Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, and it will be none other than Ian McShane that will be wearing them. The Hollywood Reporter has discovered that McShane, most recently of American Gods and John Wick Chapter 2, has been cast in the film as the new Professor Broom. There’s no official confirmation from either McShane or the production, but there was no denial of it either, so it’s a safe bet that McShane will be the father figure and mentor to David Harbour‘s Hellboy in the new film. But what role will McShane as Broom play in the film? Details on that are also still under wraps.
Apparently, Rise of the Blood Queen will begin principal photography sometime next month in U.K. and Bulgaria. The Descent and Doomsday director Neill Marshall will be directing from a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden, and Mike Mignola. There’s not a release date for the film, but we’ll keep you updated on any and all developments.