Following controversy over whitewashing, actor Ed Skrein stepped away from the part of Major Ben Daimio, a Japanese-American character in the comics, in the upcoming Hellboy reboot at the end of August. At the time Lionsgate and Millennium Films promised to be more aware in their casting a replacement for the character.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studios look to be keeping that promise as they are reportedly in talks with Daniel Dae Kim to take up the role in the film. Known to many for his roles in Hawai Five-O and Lost, Kim recently faced controversial issues with CBS after he quit the cast of Hawaii Five-O because the studio would not pay him and Grace Park as much as their white co-stars.
Kim will take on the role of Ben Daimio who is a military man who gains the power to turn into a jaguar when angry or in pain after a supernatural encounter, which leads him to join the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense alongside Hellboy.
Starring David Harbour in the title role, the new Hellboy reboots the series after the first two Guillermo del Toro & Ron Perlman films earlier in the 2000’s. The reboot also stars Ian McShane, Sasha Lane and Milla Jovovich.
Hellboy will reportedly begin filming this month and arrive sometime in 2018.