As popular as Guillermo Del Toro’s two Hellboy films were, it’ll always be a bit sad that he didn’t get to make a third. He clearly wanted to make one, but things never seemed to come together.
Former Hellboy actor Ron Perlman was also vocally on-board when it came to making a third film with Del Toro, but no matter how many times he attempted to rile up the fans online, it was never enough.
Perhaps the demise of Del Toro’s Hellboy franchise is due to the rumors of him frequently clashing with studio overlords – reasons often cited for him bowing out of Pacific Rim 2 – but it’s likely we’ll never know for sure. All there is to do now is look forward to the future, which holds a brand new Hellboy movie.
Previously titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, the reboot has now been re-titled simply Hellboy, although it remains to be seen if a new subtitle will be added to differentiate the project from Del Toro’s original.
Taking over the role of Hellboy is Stranger Things star David Harbour, while The Descent’s Neil Marshall assumes the director’s chair. John Wick’s Ian McShane has also been added as Hellboy’s surrogate father Professor Broom.
Now, Deadline reports that Hellboy v2 has signed on quite the heavy hitting actress to play the formerly titular Blood Queen. Milla Jovovich – ass-kicking star of Paul W.S. Anderson’s long-running Resident Evil film series – is set to tackle the villainous role, and damn if she isn’t a great choice.
Whatever one thinks of the RE series, Jovovich always gave each movie her all, and has been a joy to watch on-screen ever since her big breakout role in Luc Besson’s 1997 sci-fi blockbuster The Fifth Element.
Perhaps most interesting about Jovovich playing the Blood Queen is that up until now, her genre work has been dominated by playing badass heroines, and it’ll be fun to see what she does when given the chance to know the power of the dark side.
Neil Marshall’s reboot of Hellboy begins filming this fall. Stay tuned to iHorror for further updates.