Ed Skrein Exits ‘Hellboy’ Reboot

Deadpool actor Ed Skrein has exited the Lionsgate and Millennium Films reboot of the Hellboy franchise, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, following a backlash against what critics have described as “whitewashing”.

Skrein was set to take the role of Major Ben Daimio, a character who has historically been portrayed on screen and on the page as being of Asian heritage. He posted the following announcement via his Instagram account:

A post shared by Ed Skrein (@edskrein) on

Mike Mignola, the creator of the Hellboy comics, responded with the following tweet:

Lead star David Harbour also responded positively to the news:

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