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Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen

The upcoming R-rated reboot of Hellboy (Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen) is moving along. This time, instead of Del Toro, director Neil Marshall will take the reins of the film with Stranger Things’ David Harbour filling in Ron Pearlman’s big red shoes. Recently, Ian McShane was also cast as Professor Broom as well, so the movie’s coming along. The one thing missing so far was who was going to be Hellboy’s main big baddie. From the comics, one of Hellboy’s enemies was the Blood Queen, AKA Nimue the Lady of the Lake. But who could play the role with perfection, terror, and be able to be a conceivable threat against such a towering figure of Harbour? Lucky for us, it looks like we have found our Blood Queen…

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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.  (more…)

It seems strange that in about six months time we’ve gone from dreaming about a Guillermo del Toro Hellboy 3, to its unceremonious death, to a sudden, darker resurrection in the hands of Neil Marshall, but are we ready for a leap to active production for Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen? It might be happening sooner than you, or anyone else, might think. In the news mix today is word that this new Hellboy might be close to getting a distributor and that the movie might be shooting later this year. Are you ready for a new Hellboy played by the sheriff from Stranger Things? (more…)

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