David Harbour has been chatting more about the much-hyped upcoming Hellboy film, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, and his titular role. We know that the project – which caused something of a sales frenzy at Cannes – is being put on the fast track and, talking to The Wrap, the Stranger Things star suggests that cameras may be rolling as soon as September. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola announced the film just last month, by which time the script – by himself, Christopher Golden and Andrew Cosby – was already complete.
“We’re supposed to go in September, I hope,” Harbour told The Wrap. “It’s good. It’s a whole new thing. I’d always been a fan of the comics and there’s a darker tone to it and I think in the climate we have now there’s kind of a darker… a desire for more of that… the script is good and this guy Neil Marshall is directing who’s really good and the aesthetic is great.”
British horror hero Marshall, who directed Dog Soldiers, The Descent and the irritatingly underrated Doomsday, was already locked to direct upon the project’s announcement. It will be his first feature as director since 2010’s Centurion.
Harbour went on to talk more about his character, saying: “It’s a character that I love, and sort of in the way, I think Mike [Mignola] and a bunch of other people saw me in ‘Stranger Things’ and wanted me to play Hellboy and I think he has some parallels to him. I think he’s another complicated anti-hero who is not strictly good or bad; he’s just trying to do the right thing. I think he’s a demon, he’s crazy, and he’s also sweet and vulnerable and neurotic so there’s a lot of complexity there.”
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)