How Original Hellboy Actress Selma Blair Feels About The Reboot

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Hellboy is about to come back in a major way with The Descent director Neil Marshall behind the camera and Stranger Things actor David Harbour under the filed-down horns. That said, the reboot has proved divisive among many fans of Guillermo del Toro's work on Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and that mentality has extended to original Hellboy actress Selma Blair. In fact, Blair recently opened up to CinemaBlend while discussing her new film Mom and Dad and admitted that she has faith in Marshall and Harbour, but that her "heart is broken" over the reboot. Blair explained:

God, you know, people are fans of Hellboy and also fans of Guillermo. So part of us, the ones that were so loyal to Guillermo, our hearts are broken that it didn't work out with the greatest third installment ever written that I wish I could play more than anything in the world. But I truly hope that Mike Mignola has his vision out there for the darker Hellboy come to light, and I'm sure he will, and David Harbour is excellent and everyone involved, but no my heart is broken.

There definitely appears to be a certain sense of internal conflict in terms of how Selma Blair feels about the decision to reboot Hellboy. On the one hand, she seems supportive of people like Neil Marshall, David Harbour and Mike Mignola, and she seems interested in their vision for where to take the red-tinted anti-hero. On the other hand, she also knows what Guillermo del Toro's third installment in the proposed Hellboy trilogy would've been, and she remains on his side over how things went down between the filmmaker and Mignola when the decision was made to switch things up.

Beyond Selma Blair's comments about the Hellboy reboot to CinemaBlend, it also sounds like we shouldn't expect her to reprise her role as Liz Sherman in the new continuity anytime soon. Following the announcement of a full-blown reboot (rather than the third installment that many, including Blair, wanted) the actress was asked if she would get in on the action alongside David Harbour at some point. In the face of that question, she responded that her "heart lies with Guillermo del Toro" and that she wouldn't return to the franchise without him involved.

Of course, none of this means to say that there aren't reasons to be excited about what's coming in the Hellboy world. Everything that we have learned about the reboot promises a much darker and grittier take on the material compared to what we're used to seeing, and David Harbour has already promised a very physical and intense performance, complete with real muscles that utterly destroyed his dad bod. It's just not Guillmero del Toro's Hellboy, and that's what doesn't sit right with Selma Blair.

So while it looks like we're not going to see Selma Blair in a new Hellboy movie anytime soon, you can currently catch her in Mom and Dad, which is now in theaters and on Digital HD and VOD. As for the new Hellboy, it's currently slated for release on January 11, 2019.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.