Even though a solid script is essential, one of the main components that define a quality superhero film is the actor that embodies the character. Long after the details of the film's plot fade into the viewer's subconscious, the ability of the movie's lead to capture the essence of the titular character is what the audience remembers and debates for years to come. Depending on your age, it's hard to think of Superman and not immediately conjure an image of either Christopher Reeve or George Reeves. Similarly, fans of Hellboy have come to associate the legendary Ron Pearlman with Mike Mignola's famous paranormal investigator.
Although the most recent Hellboy movie enlisted the talents of the brilliant David Harbour, the film didn't quite stick the landing. Consequently, Harbour- who is actually a perfect fit for the character- probably won't get another crack at rocking the right hand of doom. According to Comic Book Resources, the upcoming Hellboy movie has found the man that will follow in Pearlman and Harbour's cloven footsteps.
Millennium Media has found its Hellboy, with Deadpool 2's Jack Kesy cast as the titular demon in the upcoming franchise reboot, Hellboy: The Crooked Man.
"Jack Kesy is a dynamic actor who has the ability to morph into his roles. His talent and stature are perfect for this younger Hellboy," said Millennium Media co-president Jonathan Yunger in a statement. Kesy previously worked with Millennium Media on the 2020 war filmThe Outpost. However, he is perhaps best known for playing Black Tom Cassidy in the 2018 film Deadpool 2 as well as his main roles in the television series The Strain and Claws. Kesy will be the third actor to portray Hellboy in live-action after Ron Perlman in Guillermo del Toro's beloved duology and David Harbour in the 2019 film reboot.