Daniel Dae Kim is reportedly in talks to replace Ed Skrein in “Hellboy” after Skrein left the film due to a whitewashing controversy.
Kim, 49, will step in, according to The Hollywood Reporter, after Skrein, 34,opted to exit the project last month following backlash from fans who accused the film of whitewashing its cast.
The character Skrein was set to play, Major Ben Daimio, is a Japanese-American U.S. marine in the comic books on which the film is based — Skrein is white, while Kim is Korean-American.
Skrein explained in his statement announcing his departure that he didn’t know the character’s origin when he accepted the role, and was dropping out to do what he felt was “right.”
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“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 voices in the Arts,” he wrote.
The film’s producers, Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin, owned up to their mistake once the British actor left.
“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,” they said in a statement.
Kim joining the cast comes several months after he dealt with a racial casting controversy of his own.
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The actor and his “Hawaii Five-O” co-star Grace Park quit the CBS series this summer after they were reportedly offered 10 to 15% less than co-stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan — despite the fact that all four have starred on the show since its 2010 debut.
CBS later defended the actors’ departures, saying in a statement that Kim and Park turned down “unprecedented raises,” though the network did not go into specifics.
Kim alluded to the dispute in a Facebook post in July, writing, “I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited for the future. I am.”
“Hellboy” is a reboot of Guillermo del Toro’s franchise, and is set to debut in 2018.
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