Now THR is exclusively reporting that Ed Skrein (Deadpool) is in final talks to join the project as Major Ben Daimio. Throughout the run of the comic, Daimio has been a consultant for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense and (B.P.R.D.), eventually, a full-time employee. He’s also a were-jaguar; the curse inflicted on him during a rescue mission in the Bolivian jungle as a U.S. Marine. But most importantly for casting purposes, Captain Ben Daimio is Japanese-American.
Ed Skrein is…not.
Daimio’s family history in the Hellboy universe is complex. The grandson of a WWII era Japanese Imperial assassin and witch called the Crimson Lotus, Daimio’s father was raised in America by his aunt when the Crimson Lotus was put on trial for war crimes. Ben Daimio is the product of his father’s second marriage. So even before the were-jaguar incident, Daimio was intrinsically tied to the world of the paranormal through his paternal grandmother.
Since the above was published on Uproxx on August 28, Ed Skrein got the part and then in response to the backlash from those that look at everything through the context of perceived race, stepped down from the movie.
Contrary to what some people believe, there’s only one race, the human race. We’re all humans. Some of us have brown hair, some have black hair. Some of use have brown eyes, some have blue eyes. Some of us are tall, some of us are short. There are many small, inconsequential differences in humans. These differences don’t define us.
We Are All Earthers
No mater what skin color we have, no matter which patch of dirt on this water planet we call Earth our ancestors originated from, we’re all humans. An Asian man can donate a kidney to a black woman. A white man can get a blood transfusion from a Hispanic man. We can do things like this because we are all humans, we’re all Earthers. Our skin color doesn’t define us no more than the color of our eyes or the color of our hair.
Whoever they cast as Captain Ben Daimio will get the part because they’re Asian, not because of their acting ability. That’s too bad.