Altogether, the Resident Evil films have grossed more than $1.233 billion at the box office. Now, the retired franchise’s star, Milla Jovovich, is jumping aboard another dark action property: the upcoming Hellboy reboot, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.
Deadline reports that Jovovich is in “final talks” to join the film as the titular “Blood Queen,” the dark enemy of Hellboy, in director Neil Marshall’s film reboot of the comic book franchise. Jovovich is the latest significant actor to join the film after news broke last week that Ian McShane (American Gods) will play Hellboy’s foster father and mentor, Professor Broom. Stranger Things star David Harbour will play Hellboy.
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen will be the third Hellboy film but the first to create a new continuity separate from the previous two movies, 2004’s Hellboy and 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which were directed by Guillermo del Toro. Based on its title, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen will take inspiration from the pages of Mike Mignola’s 2008-2009 Hellboy eight-issue story arc Hellboy: The Wild Hunt, in which the Queen of Blood finally wakes and creates her own army of evil fairies.
There currently isn’t a release date for Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. There is also, for what it’s worth, a report that it’s no longer called Rise of the Blood Queen, but Deadline’s story seems to suggest that’s still the full, official title.