Hellboy reboot casts Deadpool 2's Jack Kesy as superhero

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Deadpool 2 actor Jack Kesy has landed the role of Hellboy in reboot The Crooked Man.

Four years on from David Harbour and Neil Marshall's critically-panned Hellboy movie, which itself followed Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro's couple of cult movies, Entertainment Weekly reports that Kesy is stepping into the demonic boots of Big Red.

Adapted from the 2008 comic book miniseries created by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben, The Crooked Man sees Hellboy stranded in 1950s Appalachia with a rookie Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence agent.

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Here, they discover a small community terrorised by witches and the eponymous Crooked Man, a devil with a particular connection to Hellboy's past.

Kesy is playing a younger version of the superhero, while Mignola and fellow comics writer Christopher Golden are on script duties for director Brian Taylor, who co-directed Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

Ahead of filming, Millennium Media executive Jonathan Yunger said: "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.

"I was very impressed with him while working together on The Outpost."

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Meanwhile, Harbour previously explained why his 2019 reboot didn't work out.

"I think it failed before we began shooting, because I think that people didn't want us to make the movie and for some reason there was like a big… Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman created this iconic thing that we thought could be reinvented and then they certainly – the loudness of the internet was like, 'We do not want you to touch this'," he reflected in 2020.

"And then we made a movie that I think is fun and I think had its problems but was a fun movie, and then people were just very very against it and that's people's right, but I learned my lesson in a lot of different ways."

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