"I'm excited to confirm that I've officially joined the cast of Hellboy", Kim said.
The 49-year-old actor, who is best known for starring in TV series "Lost", could be starring as Major Ben Daimo, a consultant to the titular character at the Bureau for Paranormal Research, in the Neil Marshall reboot after Skrein dropped out of the movie due to complaints the character was being "whitewashed", Variety reports. The role that Kim will receive was previously held by Skrein, who left the roster after the "Hellboy" reboot faced backlash.
On August 28, Skrein released a statement on Twitter stating he was unaware of the character's cultural heritage and announced he was backing out of the role. In the Hellboy comics which was created by Mike Mignola. The company even added that at that time, they were looking for someone to recast the role who is more consistent with the character in the source material. "I feel it is important to honor and respect that", Skrein said in a statement announcing his departure, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Ed Skrein was widely praised for this decision, especially by Asian actors and actresses like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet. "Thank you @edskrein for standing up against hollywoods continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community. I hope this inspires other actors/film makers to do the same".
The Sopranos and Goodfellas actor Frank Vincent has died
Some of his most memorable include Billy Batts in " Goodfellas " and Phil Leotardo - Tony's nemesis - in " The Sopranos ". Frank Vincent , a veteran actor known for his mobster roles in " The Sopranos " and " Goodfellas " has reportedly died.
Daniel Dae Kim will take over for Ed Skrein as fictional character Maj.
Kim and his "Hawaii Five-0" costar Grace Park exited the CBS show in June following controversy over salary parity.
"As an Asian American actor, I know first-hand how hard it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho", Kim said on his Facebook page at the time. "I will miss him sincerely".