New ‘Hellboy’ Image Released, Director Promises “More Violent and Bloody” Movie

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We’ve received another look at Stranger Things actor David Harbour as comic book character Hellboy.

Harbour, taking on the role previously played by Ron Perlman in two Guillermo del Toro-directed films, looks badass and swoll as hell as the demonic superhero. The new adaptation of the graphic novels by Mike Mignola is in the way, and director Neil Marshall (The Decent, Dog Soldiers) is promising that this R-rated (US classification) reboot is going to be earning its rating.

But first, check out the new image released by Empire:

“It was always a case of, ‘When in doubt, go back to the source material.’ Some of the stuff is pretty sick,” Marshall said in an interview with Empire. “More violent and more bloody. We weren’t making it with handcuffs on.”

Marshall is no stranger to pouring on the crimson. All of his films – Dog Soldiers, The Decent, Doomsday and Centurion – have been violent and bloody outings, so expect Hellboy to really bring the pain here.

The plot will find Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, taking on an ancient sorceress, Nimue the Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich), bent on revenge.

Hellboy will also be starring Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Hellboy’s adoptive father and founder of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.); Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, a woman who retained magical abilities after being kidnapped by fairies as a baby; Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio (who was previously to be played by Deadpool actor Ed Skrein before a “whitewashing” outcry), a B.P.R.D. member who can turn into a jaguar; Brian Gleeson as the wizard Merlin; Sophie Okonedo as a seer at the ancient Osiris Club; Aussie actress Penelope Mitchell as a witch who decides to also battle Nimue; and Alistar Petrie as a high-ranking Osiris Club member.

The film is scheduled to arrive in Australia on April 11 and hit the US on April 12, 2019.