Hellboy release date will be put back slightly, and the new star has a brand new take on the character.
Summit Entertainment has re-scheduled the release of the upcoming movie Hellboy to a new theatrical release date of April 12th 2019, a full three months from the original date. The date change was noted in Hellboy’s official Twitter profile, although reasons for the move have not been given.
April 12th already has a few wide releases set to debut, and Hellboy will now share the limelight with Robert Downey Jr.’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle from Universal, as well as Fox’s Breakthrough (starring Chrissy Metz and Topher Grace) and the young adult adaptation After from Aviron Pictures. The new date also means Hellboy will open just one week after fellow superhero movie Shazam from Warner Bros and DC, which opens April 5, 2019.
Hellboy stars Stranger Things actor David Harbour in the title role; and has a script from the comic book character’s creator Mike Mignola, who penned the script along with Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden. The Descent and Game of Thrones helmer Neil Marshall is directing the project. Hellboy also stars Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Daniel Dae Kim.
Harbour explained how his interpretation of the character would be different from Ron Perlman’s version in the Guillermo del Toro movies…
“There are things that I’m going to do that are different. Hellboy is the same character from the comics and from what Ron did, there are certain things that are the same, but I do think that—I don’t know, there’s a different approach because I sort of highlight different things, I think more than Ron does. Ron sort of embraces this machismo in himself and Hellboy, and I really like it, and its super fun, and it’s a super fun performance, but I think Hellboy has a certain psychodynamic where occasionally he has to prove that he’s the lion, has to roar, and I think he struggles with his masculinity. But I don’t think he needs that as much as maybe those other movies. I have a bit of a different take on his capability or his slickness. I sort of think that for me he’s a little less skilled at constructing that persona.”
The Hellboy team will be at New York Comic Con next week, sparking speculation that the first trailer for the upcoming film will be shown.