Updated August 14: Daniel Dae Kim has confirmed his casting as Major Ben Daimio in 2019's Hellboy movie, and addressed the whitewashing concerns which led to the originally-hired actor Ed Skrein to drop out of that role.
“I applaud the producers and, in particular, Ed Skrein for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors,” Kim told The Hollywood Reporter. “He could not have addressed the issue more elegantly and I remain indebted to him for his strength of character."
The Korean-American actor will play the Japanese-American character in Hellboy, which is scheduled to be released in theaters January 11. 2019.
Original Story: Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to play Hellboy's Major Ben Daimio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This is the role which Ed Skrein left earlier this year over concerns of whitewashing. Lionsgate released a statement following Skrein's public departure, stating "It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material."
In Hellboy comic books, Daimio is Japanese-American while Kim is Korean-American.
If cast, this would be Kim's fifth role in a comic book-based project following appearances in The Night Man, Hulk, Spider-Man 2, and voicing several characters in Justice League.
Hellboy is expected to be released in theaters in 2018.