A new advertising banner, promoting the upcoming Hellboy reboot, teases how Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich will look as the Blood Queen.
Neil Marshall has taken the reins of the reboot, after director of the original movies, Guillermo del Toro, had to abandon his quest for a third film. However, Marshall will be unleashing Hellboy in a way that del Toro could now, with this reboot carrying an R-rating.
The reboot’s cast is packed full of big names, with Stranger Things’ David Harbour taking on the titular role, with a supporting cast including Ian McShane as Professor Broom (a part which was played by the late John Hurt in del Toro’s duology) and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio.
Resident Evil’s Milla Jovovich will oppose Harbour’s Hellboy in the role of villain, Nimue the Blood Queen. The actress herself teased the promotional banner on her Instagram page, showing Hellboy and the Blood Queen – though disappointingly, these images are not of the film’s stars, only their graphic novel counterparts:
In Hellboy, Nimue is a powerful witch who existed during the time of King Arthur, being taught the secrets of magic by the great wizard Merlin. Unfortunately, she went insane, and began to worship Lovecraftian gods, the Ogdru Jahad, which led her fellow witches to murder her. Centuries later, Nimue was resurrected when Grugach, enemy of Hellboy, poured the blood of an entire village into her tomb – this of course, is how she received the title of the Blood Queen.
In the comics, she battles Hellboy after he gets his hands on Excalibur, which he uses to raise an army of knights. However, in a strange twist, the Ogdru Jahad turn Nimue into a dragon.
Though we don’t know exactly how much of the Athurian angle will remain in the reboot, the film did shoot at Wells Cathedral in England, suggesting that they may keep a certain amount of Nimue’s story the same. Mike Mignola himself has already praised the reboot’s fidelity, saying that the new film “really leaned on” his comics, which indicates that Marshall’s film will be a much more faithful adaptation than Guillermo del Toro’s own productions.
Hellboy is set for release on January 11th, 2019.