Deadpool's Ed Skrein drops out of Hellboy reboot after whitewashing criticism
Deadpool star Ed Skrein has dropped out of the Hellboy reboot after his casting sparked complaints of whitewashing.
Skrein had been cast as Major Ben Daimio, a Japanese-American character in the original stories and the announcement of his casting led to a flurry of online complaints.
After following the reaction, Skrein has now pulled out of the movie and has issued a statement, revealing he was unaware of the character's heritage.
You can read the full statement below:
Following Skrein's decision, the film's producers - Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Millennium and Lionsgate, said in a statement that they supported his decision.
They said: "Ed came to us and felt very strongly about this. We fully support his unselfish decision. It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material."
The reboot will be made without original director Guillermo Del Toro and original star Ron Perlman, with Game Of Thrones director Neil Marshall behind the camera and Stranger Things star David Harbour in the title role.
The movie has been titled Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen and Jovovich has been cast as the Blood Queen, a medieval sorceress with grand plans to destroy the world. She joins Harbour and Ian McShane, who has signed up to play Hellboy’s adoptive father, Professor Broom.
Production on Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen will get underway in September and it is expected to shoot in Bulgaria and the UK.