'Hellboy' Reboot Casts Penelope Mitchell as Witch Ganeida

The 'Hemlock Grove' actress will play 'an elder witch who has decided that Nimue's wrath has gone on for too long and must be stopped.'

AceShowbiz - "Hellboy" reboot has added another actor to its cast. "Hemlock Grove" alum %cPenelope Mitchell% has been tapped to play Ganeida, "an elder witch who has decided that Nimue's wrath has gone on for too long and must be stopped," Deadline reports.

The upcoming movie titled "Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen" has previously cast %cDavid Harbour% in the title role. Along with his team of paranormal researchers, he will try to save the world from a medieval sorceress who wants to destroy humankind.

Other stars attached to the project are %cSasha Lane% as Alice Monaghan (a woman saved by the titular hero from fairies), %cIan McShane% as the demonic hero's adoptive father Professor Trevor Broom, and %cMilla Jovovich% as the villanious Blood Queen.

Mitchell is known for her role as Letha Godfrey on Netflix's horror series "Hemlock Grove" and for playing Liv Parker on The CW's "The Vampire Diaries".

Her casting comes after %cEd Skrein% stepped down from his role as Major Ben Daimio amid backlash over the casting of a white actor for the character who is portrayed as of Asian heritage in the original comic books. The actor announced the decision on Monday, August 28 and it was met with positive responses from fellow actors and fans.

"Last week it was announced that I would be playing Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming HELLBOY reboot. I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage. There has been intense conversation and understandable upset since that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right," he said in a Twitter post. "Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately."

"Hellboy" producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin, Lionsgate and Millennium responded in a statement, "Ed came to us and felt very strongly about this. We fully support his unselfish decision. 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."

David Harbour also tweeted, "Hey internet. Thank you for your voices. An injustice was done and will be corrected. Many thanks to @edskrein for doing what is right."

The "Hellboy" remake has Neil Marshall on board as director and is scheduled to go into production in September. No release date is announced for the movie just yet.

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