Everything is better with Ian McShane in it, including apparently the upcoming Hellboy reboot.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, McShane has joined the cast of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, the new movie starring David Harbour (Stranger Things) as the title demonic hero. McShane will play Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, the head of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense and Hellboy's adoptive father, having discovered the creature during World War II.
Bruttenholm was played in the 2004 Guillermo del Toro-directed Hellboy by the late, great John Hurt, and it appears that the new movie will indeed be a reboot of sorts since the character did not survive that film -- unless he's going to be seen in some kind of flashback.
Director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) is tentatively slated to begin production on the project -- which will find Hellboy squaring off against a medieval sorceress -- in September, with the U.K. and Bulgaria on the shooting schedule.
McShane is one of our great character actors, having starred in recent years in the acclaimed HBO Western Deadwood and the John Wick films. He can also be seen in Starz's American Gods, where he did excellent work as the deity Mr. Wednesday during that show's first season. His distinctive style and voice are a welcome presence in just about everything he's in, so it's encouraging to see him added to the growing Hellboy cast as well.