Professor Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm is an integral character in Hellboy lore. Portrayed by the late Jon Hurt in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy, Broom is Hellboy's adoptive father, who discovered the demonic child in 1944 while investigating the Nazis' involvement in the Occult. He would later found the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy's base of operations and home.
Now American Gods star Ian McShane is taking over the role for Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, the upcoming reboot based on Mike Mignola's comics. McShane joins Stranger Things star David Harbour, who will play the titular Hellboy, and director Neil Marshall (The Decent, Game of Thrones) in the R-rated comic book film.
John Hurt did an amazing job portraying the character, but #IanMcShane is the perfect person to play Broom. He is currently starring as Mr. Wednesday on #AmericanGods, but his body of work is quite impressive and spans over 40 years. His roles on Deadwood and the John Wick franchise demonstrate the actor’s charisma, but his range is amazing. He can play a soft, comforting father, but in the same turn, can be the most terrifying man alive.
It seems that Ian McShane is a welcome addition to the cast, as the new Hellboy himself, David Harbour, has given his seal of approval on Twitter:
(While it seems that Harbour is praising McShane’s dashing good looks, he's also referencing Jonathan Glazer’s film, Sexy Beast, which starred McShane.)
Hellboy: Rise of The Blood Queen has cast two amazing leads so far, and we can’t wait to see how the rest of the cast fills out. Lionsgate and Millennium will be producing the film, and it is currently set for release in 2018.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)