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Hellboy Reboot Casting Sparks New Claims Of “Whitewashing”

More cries of “whitewashing” are surrounding another Hollywood production, thanks to British Deadpoolstar Ed Skrein casting as Ben Daimio, a character created as a Japanese-American in the pages of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comics.

Skrein’s announcement that he took the role in the upcoming reboot Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, was met with opposition from Asian-American moviegoers still upset at Matt Damon being cast as a hero in the Chinese-set The Great Wall, Scarlett Johannson cast as the heroine of an adaptation of a Japanese classic Ghost in the Shell, and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, among other examples.

“Why would you take away a role from an Asian colleague?” one follower asked Skrein.

Others were less kind, and many vented against the entertainment industry as a whole. For his part, Hellboy creator Mignola congratulated the actor on taking the role.

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, stars Stranger Things‘ David Harbour as the fiery hero, taking over for Ron Perlman, who played the role in two previous films. Resident Evil franchise star Milla Jovovich will play the Blood Queen herself.

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