Daniel Dae Kim to replace Ed Skrein in the Hellboy Reboot
Cari Pak, Sept. 11, 2017, 5:58 p.m.
Just two weeks ago Ed Skrein independently decided to leave the reboot of Hellboy to make way for a racially appropriate actor to fulfill his role. Skrein had been cast as Major Ben Daimio, a Japanese-American character and received a poor reaction for the casting. “I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage,” the actor wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “There has been intense conversation and understandable upset since that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right.” Currently, Korean-American Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to play Daimio.
Kim’s potential casting is noteworthy since he had recently been involved with a separate controversy related to disparity in Hollywood after he and his Hawaii Five-0 co-star Grace Park left the show due to salary disputes regarding equal pay with their two white co-stars. Explaining his departure Kim said, “I’m really grateful to CBS and everyone involved in the show for the opportunity. That said, it’s possible to be grateful for the opportunity and have respect for your colleagues and still maintain a steadfast sense of your self-worth. And all good things come to an end.”
We at Koogle.TV are excited that this is a positive step towards inclusivity in Hollywood and ready to cheer on Daniel Dae Kim for his role in the Hellboy reboot.