The original actor, Ed Skrein, voluntarily stepped down amid backlash over whitewashing.
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12 Sep 2017 - 11:54 AM  UPDATED 12 Sep 2017 - 11:54 AM

Following last month's whitewashing backlash over the casting of Ed Skrein (Deadpool) as the Japanese-American character Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, Korean-American actor Daniel Dae Kim is reportedly in talks to step into the role.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Lost and Hawaii Five-0 actor is in talks to take over the role of Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, which will be directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) and stars David Harbour (Stranger Things).

Skrein had initially won the role of Ben Daimio, but following backlash from fans over whitewashing an Asian-American character, the actor made the unprecedented move of stepping down from the part.

Kim himself is no stranger to issues regarding ethnicity in Hollywood. Back in June, the Korean actor and his fellow co-star quit their main roles on Hawaii Five-0 following a salary dispute in which both had been seeking equal pay as the show's main stars, Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan.


 

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