Ed Skrein Leaves HELLBOY Reboot Over Whitewashing Controversy
About a week ago Ed Skrein, who is known for playing the villain Ajax in last year’s Deadpool, joined the cast of the Hellboy and was set to play Major Ben Daimio the rugged military member of the B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense). In the comic books Daimio is Asian (basically the characters Great Grandmother is Asian) but you know how social media works, they were saying it was Hollywood whitewashing a character yet again.
It seems that the backlash was obviously strong enough to bother Skrein and decided to leave the project, sharing the news on Twitter.
Ed Skrein said in statement:
“It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voice in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that. There I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately.
Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family. It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity. It is my hope that one day these discussions will become less necessary and that we can help make equal representation in the Arts a reality.”
Stranger Things‘ David Harbour who is playing the demonic superhero took to twitter to give his thanks to the people for speaking up.
Hey internet. Thank you for your voices.
An injustice was done and will be corrected.
— David Harbour (@DavidKHarbour) August 28, 2017
The project will begin shooting in September in the U.K. and Bulgaria and is scheduled to be released in 2018.
The new story sees Hellboy squaring off against a medieval sorceress who seeks to destroy humankind. Aron Coleite is working on the latest draft of a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
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