As many might know by now, Guillermo del Toro was working on a sequel for his latest Hellboy flick Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), entitled Hellboy III: Dark Worlds, which would have meant the closure of his Hellboy trilogy. It would have marked the return of Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair and Jeffrey Tambor to the roles they performed in the previous 2 titles directed by the Mexican filmmaker. But, due to financial problems, that never got to be materialized and the sequel got its official cancellation in 2017. In exchange, the producers decided to reboot the saga bringing new faces and creative team to the character.
Since the movie reboot of Hellboy was announced, expectations have been growing. Originally called Hellboy: The Blood Queen it was later renamed merely Hellboy, with the character creator Mike Mignola involved in the developement of the production, Milla Jovovich playing the villain Nimue The Blood Queen and Neil Marshall, director of the very interesting Dog Soldiers (2002), The Descent (2005) and Doomsday (2008) leading the project.
In Hellboy (2019), the heroes must team up to stop an ancient medieval sorceress who seeks to destroy all of mankind. The members of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD), founded by Trevor Bruttenholm and leaded by Hellboy himself, Ben Daimio and Alice Monaghan, will have to use all sorts of magic and fantasy elements in order to stop The Blood Queen who once was one of the most powerful witches in the ancient times of King Arthur and Merlin. Together with Milla Jovovich as Nimue The Blood Queen and David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Thomas Haden Church, Penelope Mitchell, Daniel Dae Kim, Sophie Okonedo, Brian Gleeson, Kristina Klebe, Alistair Petrie and Ashley Edner complete the main cast.
Mike Mignola stated that Hellboy (2019) will have an R rating, which makes us expect a more adult and violent version of the character. Andrew Cosby wrote the screenplay and Dark Horse Entertainment are producing together with Millennium Films. Filming took place between September and December 2017 in the United Kingdom and Bulgaria, and now the movie is in its final post-production step.
Lionsgate, who has the theatrical distribution rights for the USA, published yesterday the first trailer for Hellboy (2019). The movie is scheduled to open worldwide on the 11th of April next year. You can watch the trailer here:
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