Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
It’s been 11 years since we last saw Hellboy on the big screen, but now Big Red is back with a new actor wearing the horns. To get you ready for one of the comic-book events of the year, here’s some must-know info about this twisted firestarter of a reboot...
1. There's a new actor playing Hellboy
In the upcoming reboot, however, Stranger Things’ David Harbour (yes, that’s right, Sheriff Hopper) has stepped into the shoes of the titular paranormal investigator, who first rose from the flames in 1993 when he appeared – courtesy of the imagination of Mike Mignola – in San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2.
2. ...and there's a new director too!
In addition to a new actor behind the lashings of scarlet body point, the Hellboy reboot also has a fresh face behind the camera: Neil Marshall.
The British director of such horror classics as Dog Soldiers and The Descent has assumed the mantle from Hellboy I and II helmer Guillermo del Toro, who had planned to complete his trilogy but was forced to walk away for a myriad of reasons (ranging from his busy schedule to a lack of funds to the famous ‘creative differences’).
3. It's closer in tone to the comics than the first two movies
In an interview at last year’s New York Comic-Con, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola gave his seal of approval to the project saying: “It’s a darker Hellboy film than fans have seen before. But in a lot of ways much closer to my material. There’s stuff in this one that has walked right out of the comic.”
4. ...and more adult in it's approach
Whereas Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army both had 12 certificates, Hellboy (2019) has been labelled a 15 by the British Board of Film Classification – and with good reason.
Written by Andrew Cosby, the storyline draws inspiration from the classic Hellboy comic-books Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt and The Storm and the Fury, with director Neil Marshall telling his screenwriter that he “wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic-book movie”.
5. Milla Jovovich is wonderfully wicked as the film’s baddie
Thanks to her now-classic roles in the likes of The Fifth Element and the Resident Evil series, we tend to think of Milla Jovovich as a force for good on the big screen. But in Hellboy (2019) she gets to embrace her inner bad girl – and we mean ‘really’ bad girl.
As Nimue the Blood Queen, a fifth century sorceress who “wants to bring down the curtain on London and the world”, Jovovich is a match for every movie comic-book villain to date (including He-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named, aka the big purple meanie),
Neil Marshall’s no-holds-barred Hellboy reboot sees our favourite shorn-horn investigator battling an ancient evil sorceress intent on destroying the world – all while tackling some hefty personal issues (being a cat-loving half-demon isn’t easy, it seems).
Hellboy in cinemas 11 April!