Daniel Dae Kim In Talks To Join HELLBOY: RISE OF THE BLOOD QUEEN
Splashers, you recall Ed Skrein stepped down from his role in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen due to whitewashing backlash. Good for Ed, good for cinema, good for everyone. Good news kiddies, now Daniel Dae Kim is in talks for the role of Major Ben Daimio. Major Ben Daimio is a rugged military member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain. The character is Japanese-American in the Hellboy comics by creator Mike Mignola.
I like Lionsgates response, after Skrein left said role:
“It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material.”
It’s almost like some suits are claiming they didn’t know the character was Japanese-American. That, or they didn’t know Ed Skrein was white. Maybe they just didn’t think it would be a big deal. Kim is Korean-American, and recently quit Hawaii Five-0 after a salary dispute with CBS, as he had been seeking equal pay to the show’s stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Scruples ladies and gents, either you got ’em or you don’t.
David Harbour (Stranger Things) is starring in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, which reboots the franchise centered on the demonic hero from the Mignola comic books. Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall is helming the project.
So, what are your thoughts about Kim entering the vacated role of Major Daimio?