Lionsgate released its first trailer this week for the reboot of Hellboy, a holiday gift for fans of Mike Mignola‘s character and his various Dark Horse Comics series and previous films.
The new Hellboy is played by Stranger Things’ star David Harbour, and his appearance and delivery are surprisingly different than that of Ron Perlman’s version of the character, despite the similar makeup and costume. The entire trailer also does not have the nicely creepy, dark and brooding feel from Guillermo del Toro’s original from 15 years ago, opting instead to be brighter and have more of a comic book vibe. Maybe it’s the use of Mony Mony as the song backing the preview? This story is expected to be adapted from Mignola stories Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, and The Storm and the Fury. Despite the brighter look, the head splatter and gore seal the deal with this new film scoring an R rating.
Hellboy stars Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil), Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean, John Wick), Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O), Sasha Lane, and Thomas Haden Church (John Carter, Tombstone) as Lobster Johnson.
Check out this first trailer for the new Hellboy:
Hellboy arrives in theaters April 12, 2019.