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Daniel Dae Kim 'could replace Ed Skrein in Hellboy'

From BBC - September 12, 2017

Hawaii Five-0 actor Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to replace Ed Skrein in the Hellboy reboot, according to reports.

The Korean-American actor could step into the role that was left vacant following an outcry over a white actor playing an American-Asian character.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kim is being lined up to play Major Ben Daimio, who is Japanese-American in the original Hellboy comics.

Skrein stepped down last month "so the role can be cast appropriately".

Skrein, who starred as villain Ajax in Deadpool, said in a statement: "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 voice 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."

Kim left Hawaii Five-O earlier this year, saying he had "made the difficult choice not to continue" after failing to reach an agreement with CBS.

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