Ed Skrein Leaves ‘Hellboy’ Reboot After Whitewashing Outcry

Rise of the Blood Queen

Less than a week after being cast in the upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen as Major Ben Daimio, who in the comic books is Asian, Deadpool actor Ed Skrein has dropped out of the reboot following public outcry.

Skrein’s statement reads:

“It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that. Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately,” the actor said. “Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family. It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity. It is my hope that one day these discussions will become less necessary and that we can help make equal representation in the Arts a reality.”

Kudos to him for being proactive about this. Hellboy producers Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Millennium and Lionsgate also released a statement on the matter. It reads:

“Ed came to us and felt very strongly about this. We fully support his unselfish decision. It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material.”

David Harbour (Stranger Things) is playing the titular character in the Hellboy reboot, which is based on the demonic hero from comic book creator Mike Mignola. Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) is directing the movie. Ian McShane (Deadwood) is playing the hero’s adoptive father, Professor Broom, while Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich is portraying the Blood Queen, a medieval sorceress who seeks to destroy humankind.