‘Hellboy’ Reboot Casts Ed Skrein as Asian Character In the Latest Case of Hollywood Whitewashing

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‘Hellboy’ Reboot Casts Ed Skrein as Asian Character In the Latest Case of Hollywood Whitewashing
Why is it always the comic book adaptations that have the hardest time casting actors of color as characters of color? From “Ghost in the Shell,” to “Doctor Strange,” Hollywood studios just don’t seem to understand that honoring source material includes casting actors of color — especially when the role calls for it. The forthcoming “Hellboy” reboot is just the latest example, as white British actor Ed Skrein (“Deadpool”) joins the cast as Major Ben Daimio, who is Japanese American in the comics.

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The third movie in the growing franchise is titled “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen,” and will be directed by “Game of Thrones” helmer Neil Marshall. David Harbour has signed on for the titular role; the cast also includes Ian McShane as the superhero’s adoptive father and Milla Jovovich as the evil villainess.
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