Ian McShane is going from American Gods to fostering Hellboy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ian McShane will appear alongside David Harbour in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. But perhaps most exciting is his role in the BPRD. A rather pivotal one, in fact. He’ll be playing Professor Trevor Bruttenholm.
Hellboy’s adoptive father and mentor was played by the late great John Hurt in the original film — with Kevin Trainor assisting as a younger version of the character during the prologue. He also appeared briefly in Hellboy: The Golden Army telling a young Hellboy a bedtime story about the titular army. He was warm, wonderful and everything you’d want Bruttenholm to be. In fact, creator Mike Mignola even referred to Hurt’s portrayal of Bruttenholm as uncanny.
Which makes you wonder how McShane will play the part. Known for grittier roles and his godly con-man on American Gods, will he infuse Bruttenholm with a similar edge? It could make for a fairly different relationship between the professor and Hellboy. Then again, Bruttenholm made some questionable choices in his life that fit McShane’s persona quite well.
The film will be directed by The Decent‘s Neil Marshall and, according to THR, sees Hellboy “squaring off against a medieval sorceress who seeks to destroy humankind.”
It’s easy to imagine Hellboy’s response to that.
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is set for a 2018 release.