The Hellboy Reboot hasn’t even gone in front of cameras yet and it’s already stirring up controversy. No, I’m not talking about the change in leadership (Guillermo del Toro is out as director, and Neil Marshall is taking the helms) or the complete recasting (so long Ron Perlman, hello David Harbour). The last actor cast in the film was Ed Skrein, who had been brought on to play the character Ben Daimio, has quit.
Skrein is taking a stand against what he sees as a troubling trend in Hollywood adaptations: Whitewashing. The term describes casting white actors to play characters who were conceived as belonging to an ethnic minority. A recent example is Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of The Major in Ghost in the Shell (an Asian character). In this case, Skrein is white and the character Ben Daimio is mixed.
Skrein made the announcement via Instagram; check out his statement in its entirety below.
What do you think of Ed Skrein’s decision to quit the Hellboy reboot? Do you agree that whitewashing is a big problem in Hollywood? Sound off in the Comments section!