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Ed Skrein Will Play the Villain in the 'Maleficent' Sequel!

Ed Skrein is showing his villainous side!

The 35-year-old actor will play the villain in the upcoming sequel to Disney’s Maleficent, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Tuesday (April 17).

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Ed also played a villain in 2016′s Deadpool. He will again play a villain in Alita: Battle Angel.

Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning will return for the next installment, which follows the 2014 smash hit original. The plot for the film is not yet known, however. The movie also doesn’t have a release date yet.

Joachim Ronning will direct the movie.

Daniel Dae Kim to Replace Ed Skrein in 'Hellboy' Reboot Following Whitewashing Controversy

Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to join the upcoming Hellboy reboot in the role of Major Ben Daimio after Ed Skrein dropped out of the project amid a whitewashing controversy.

Skrein decided to leave the film after there was an outcry over a white actor playing an Asian-American character.

In the Hellboy comics, the character is Japanese-American and described as a “rugged military member of the bureau for paranormal research and defense who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain,” according to THR.

Daniel recently quit his role on the television series Hawaii Five-0 due to a salary dispute with CBS.

Ed Skrein Leaves 'Hellboy' Amid Whitewashing Controversy

Ed Skrein has exited the upcoming Hellboy reboot after his casting was criticized as another incident of whitewashing in Hollywood.

The 34-year-old actor, best known for his work in Deadpool, was set to play Major Ben Daimio, who is an Asian character in the comic books.

“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,” Ed wrote in a letter on Twitter. “There has been intense conversation and understandable upset since that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right.”

“It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that. Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately,” Ed continued.

“Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family,” Ed said. “It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity. It is my hope that one day these discussions will become less necessary and that we can help make equal representation in the Arts a reality.”

“I am sad to leave Hellboy but if this decision brings us closer to that day, it is worth it. I hope it makes a difference,” he concluded the letter.

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Daniel Craig & Eddie Redmayne Celebrate Young Filmmakers At Into Film Awards 2017!

Daniel Craig stepped out for a rare official public appearance at this morning’s (March 14) 2017 Into Film Awards held at The Odeon Empire in Leicester Square in London, England.

The 48-year-old actor was joined by Eddie Redmayne, Ruth Wilson, Deadpool‘s Ed Skrein and Transformers: The Last Knight‘s Laura Haddock at the event highlighting just how much creativity and filmmaking talent is present among today’s schools and young people.

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It was recently reported that Ben-Hur star Jack Huston is the name at the top of the list to replace Daniel as James Bond should he no longer want the role.

20+ pictures inside of Daniel Craig, Eddie Redmayne and others at the ceremony…More Here! »

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Luke Evans & Ed Skrein Hit the Red Carpet at BAFTAs 2017

Luke Evans looked so suave while stepping out at the 2017 EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday (February 12) at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

The 37-year-old actor was also joined a the event by Ed Skrein.

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While Luke and Ed weren’t up for any awards, Luke did take to the stage to present the award for Best Special Visual Effects.

Meanwhile, Luke‘s Girl on the Train co-star Emily Blunt was up for Best Actress for the flick.

FYI: Luke is wearing Thom Sweeney.

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