‘Deadpool 2’ Actor Jack Kesy Playing the Lead in the New ‘Hellboy’
Millennium Media is trying to launch Mike Mignola’s comic book character anew on the big screen, in the hopes of sparking a franchise.
The news broke last week that a new ‘Hellboy’ movie is in the works, which would be separate from either Guillermo del Toro’s films or the 2019 reboot that starred David Harbour as the big, red title character.
Hellboy: The Crooked Man
Hellboy and a rookie BPRD agent get stranded in 1950s rural Appalachia. There, they discover a small community haunted by witches, led by a local devil with a troubling... Read the Plot
Now we know –– originally via Giant Freakin’ Robot but since confirmed by production company Millennium Media –– that Jack Kesy is the new Hellboy for this latest movie. He will be playing a younger version of the character than we’ve seen before.
Here’s what Millennium Co-President Jonathan Yunger has to say about the casting:
“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.'”
What is the next ‘Hellboy’ movie?
The new film has comic book creator Mike Mignola writing the script for the first time (he contributed the story to the 2004 Guillermo del Toro version––more on that down below), along with Christopher Golden, who works on the comics at Dark Horse with him. They’ve adapted comics run ‘The Crooked Man’ for the screenplay.
The new film will see Hellboy and a rookie BPRD agent stranded in 1950s rural Appalachia. There, they discover a small community haunted by witches, led by a local devil with a troubling connection to Hellboy’s past: the Crooked Man.
In the comic, The Crooked Man was an eighteenth-century miser and war profiteer named Jeremiah Witkins who was hanged for his crimes yet returned from Hell as the region’s resident Devil.
And in the director’s chair this time? Brian Taylor, who along with regular collaborator Mark Neveldine, has made the likes of ‘Crank’ and its sequel, plus ‘Mom and Dad’ which he directed solo. He also has comic book adaptation experience thanks to ‘Jonah Hex’ and ‘Ghost Rider’ sequel’ Spirit of Vengeance’.
Shooting is reportedly scheduled to kick off in Bulgaria next month, but nothing has been released as to who will play the main character.
Says Millennium Media’s President Jeffrey Greenstein,
“‘The Crooked Man’ is a departure from all previous 'Hellboy' films where Mike Mignola and the creator of the comics will finally shepherd an authentic version of his stories and characters in film form. This is the first in the series of films that will captivate audiences in familiar (and new) ways. Brian Taylor is an expert across the board, and I couldn’t think of a better person to bring this story to life to show our audience this different and original Hellboy slate of films.”
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What movies has Jack Kesy been in?
You might know Kesy from the likes of ‘Deadpool 2’, where he played Black Tom, a role that was originally supposed to be a bigger antagonist but got cut down in editing.
Kesy has also been seen in the ‘Baywatch’ movie opposite Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, in ‘Without Remorse’ and in war action drama ’12 Strong’. And on TV, he’s appeared in ‘Claws’ and ‘The Strain’.
Other Movies Similar to ‘Hellboy: The Crooked Man:’
- ‘Hellboy' (2004)
- 'Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms' (2006)
- 'Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron' (2007)
- ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army' (2008)
- ‘Hellboy' (2019)
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