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First trailer for Hellboy reboot is here to save the world 'just for the hell of it'

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Dec 23, 2018, 9:25 AM EST (Updated)

It is time to praise the Ogdru Jahad, because Lionsgate has released the first trailer for the live-action Hellboy reboot, starring David Harbour (Stranger Things) in the titular role created by Mike Mignola.

It looks like the film will lean heavily into the humor of the character and his paranormal universe, while also building on the themes of the del Toro movies, particularly what it means to be a monster, even when you are a literal monster.

Check out the action/violence-packed trailer below. Set to Billy Idol's "Mony Mony," it makes a valid case for the movie's R rating.

Despite heavy makeup and prosthetics, Harbour's general facial features and dry humor thankfully shine through, reminding us fondly of Ron Perlman's excellently grizzled take on the part.

That being said, the look of this Hellboy is a tad different, almost unsettling to a point, which is very fitting for a demon summoned by Nazis that's meant to bring about mankind's destruction. Speaking of Nazis, did you catch that quick shot of the gas-masked Karl Ruprecht Kroenen in the trailer at around 1:39? It could very well be a moment from Project Ragna Rok, the German doomsday experiment that first brought Hellboy to our universe in 1944.

Moreover, it seems that version of the character has a more complicated relationship with his adoptive father, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Instead of undying devotion and love for Bruttenholm, Hellboy harbors (pun intended) some resentment for the way the professor turned him into a living weapon. Ian McShane (American Gods) is filling the role originally played by John Hurt in the two del Toro films.

Here's the new poster:

Hellboy reboot movie poster David Harbour

Credit: Lionsgate

Harbour also shared an "electrifying" motion poster as well:

Helmed by Neil Marshall (a directorial alum of Game of Thrones, Westworld, and Lost in Space), the movie is said to be a more faithful adaptation of the comics and co-stars Milla Jovovich as Nimue, the Blood Queen; Daniel Dae Kim as B.R.P.D. agent Ben Daimio; and Thomas Haden Church as vigilante Lobster Johnson.

The movie's script was penned by Andrew Cosby, co-creator of SYFY's Eureka.

Originally meant for a January 2019 release, Hellboy hits theaters with its big Right Hand of Doom on April 12, 2019.

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