Lionsgate and Millennium’s Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen has cast Ian McShane (American Gods, Deadwood) as Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, an English academic well versed in the supernatural and the director of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. He joins David Harbour (Stranger Things, The Equalizer) as Hellboy. Neill Marshall (Dog Soldiers, Centurion) is directing from a script by Andrew Cosby (Eureka, Haunted), Christopher Golden (Ghosts of Albion: Legacy, Ghosts of Albion: Embers) and comic book artist/writer Mike Mignola, the latter of whom originally created the character and the world he inhabits. The film will depict Hellboy going up against “a medieval sorceress who seeks to destroy humankind.”
Nicknamed “Broom”, Bruttenholm is also Hellboy’s adoptive father, having discovered the demon when he was summoned to our world as an infant during WWII by Russian mystic Rasputin and the Nazis. Professor Broom raised him to be a defender of humanity instead of the architect of its destruction, as was his intended purpose. John Hurt portrayed the character in the original two films, which gives McShane some mighty bug shoes to fill. But given his multiple Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award wins and nominations, I don’t think he’ll have too much trouble.
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is set to begin filming next month in the UK and Bulgaria.