HOLLYWOOD – Emma Stone will replace Ed Skrein in the Hellboy reboot.
Major Ben Daiamio will no longer be played by Ed Skrein. The actor withdrew from the film following a whitewashing backlash against his casting as an Asian-American character. The actor selflessly took the decision that he would not play the part so as to stop the trend of obscuring ethnically specific roles. Producers today announced that he would be replaced by Emma Stone. A spokesperson for the studio stated:
We fully respect Ed’s decision and indeed applaud it. But the movie needs to be made and the audience is waiting. So it is with great pleasure that we can announce that Academy Award winner Emma Stone will be taking over the role of Benjamina Daiamio. As Emma is like a fourth Hawaian or something, there should be no backlash. We think.
Emma Stone starred in Cameron Crowe’s Aloha a few years back causing some controversy. It is possible that her appearance in Hellboy might lead to even more.