“Stranger Things” star David Harbour is unrecognizable under mounds of prosthetics as superhero Hellboy in Lionsgate’s first still from Neil Marshall’s upcoming reboot of the movie franchise based on the comic-book of the same name. The studio released the photo Wednesday (see below).
The actor also tweeted, “Please allow to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste…”
Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin and Mike Richardson are producing. The film also co-stars Milla Jovovich and Daniel Dae Kim.
In April, “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola announced the R-rated reboot of the franchise with Marshall (“The Descent”) as the helmer of the project. Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mignola are writing the script.
The news came two months after Guillermo del Toro, who directed 2004’s “Hellboy” and 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” with Ron Perlman playing the titular character, announced “Hellboy 3” would not happen.
The first “Hellboy” earned a worldwide total of $99 million at the box office and starred Perlman and Selma Blair. Its sequel performed better, earning $160 million worldwide. Although the movies weren’t runaway smash hits, critics loved them, both earning a score in the 80s on Rotten Tomatoes.
In a recent interview with TheWrap, Harbour described the reboot as “darker” and “more of a character piece.”
“It’s a character that I love, and sort of in the way, I think Mike [Mignola] and a bunch of other people saw me in ‘Stranger Things’ and wanted me to play Hellboy and I think he has some parallels to him,” Harbour said.
“He’s another complicated antihero who is not strictly good or bad, he’s just trying to do the right thing. I think he’s a demon, he’s crazy, and he’s also sweet and vulnerable and neurotic […] so there’s a lot of complexity there.”