Hellboy reboot receives its official rating From MPAA
Lionsgate’s forthcoming reboot of Hellboy starring David Harbour has successfully landed a R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA has given it an “R” for “strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language.” Based on the cast and crew’s description of the film, it was already expected that director Neil Marshall’s version will be much darker and more violent than the original adaptations by Guillermo Del Toro.
The Stranger Things actor stars as the title character, and will be joined by Ian McShane (Deadwood, American Gods) who plays Hellboy’s adoptive father, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm (aka Professor Broom), Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil franchise) as villain Nimue aka the Blood Queen, Sasha Lane (American Honey) will play Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell (Hemlock Grove) will play the elder witch Ganeida, and Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0, LOST) is playing Major Ben Daimio.
When asked about the character, Harbour said the following: “He has a heart that’s really good and with a lot of this crusted-over stuff. What I’m dealing with in Hellboy is a lot different, bigger in a certain way. It’s very Shakespearean. It’s demons and witches and stuff like that. But it has a similar core to a dude who’s trapped in horrible circumstances who’s just trying to be a good guy.”
Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) will direct from a script by Andrew Cosby (Eureka), Christopher Golden and the character’s creator, Mike Mignola. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin will produce with Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment.
Hellboy will be unleashed in theaters on April 12.