Daniel Dae Kim 'could replace Ed Skrein in Hellboy'

Actor Daniel Dae Kim.   Alberto E. Rodriguez  Getty

Actor Daniel Dae Kim. Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty

On August 28, Skrein released a statement on Twitter stating he was unaware of the character's cultural heritage and announced he was backing out of the role.

After actor Ed Skrein left the production when a controversy erupted over his casting in the role of a traditionally Japanese character, producers are now in talks with actor Daniel Dae Kim to replace him.

The 49-year-old actor will play Major Ben Daimio, a rugged military member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain.

Skrein wrote, "It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that".

Film studio Lionsgate concurred, saying: "It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material". For those who do not know, Kim, as well as, his co-star Grace Park left the show after the duo's demands for equal salary as that of their white co-stars was not accepted. It's upsetting that Kim and Park had to leave their show in that way, and just as disappointing that a white actor had to take a stand for Kim to even be considered for this role. Kim's acting prowess does not need any introduction as he has proven himself in not just the CBS series "Hawaii Five-0" but also in "Lost" and "Angel".

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