Seth MacFarlane Voicing Hellboy II's Johann Kraus!
by Alex Billington
April 19, 2008
The first good announcement from the New York Comic Con comes from the Hellboy II: The Golden Army panel this fine Saturday afternoon. Guillermo del Toro and cast made an appearance and brought with them an extended three-minute sizzle reel which featured the mystic Johann Kraus (pictured on the left above) actually speaking. Following the clip, Guillermo announced that instead of the inital actor they had tested, they ended up going with Seth MacFarlane as the voice! I will be the first to say this is surprising to hear, but in the sizzle reel it didn't sound too odd. If anything, this is probably a great choice.
Johann Kraus is a protoplasmic mystic and psychic that was unable to return to this body following a seance, so the B.P.R.D. built him a containment suit. Without the suit his spirit would dissipate and he would no longer exist. He has the ability to speak with dead spirits and give them a temporary physical form. Kraus makes an appearance in Hellboy II: The Golden Army and joins the fight with the good guys.
Seth MacFarlane is best known as the creator of both animated shows Family Guy and American Dad. He also voices Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, and Brian Griffin as well as Stan Smith and Roger the Alien on American Dad. He certainly is a very talented voice artist and this seems like it could be a great fit.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army is both written and directed by visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro of Blade II, Hellboy, and Pan's Labyrinth previously. The film is based off of Mike Mignola's comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in 1993. Hellboy II arrives in theaters this summer on July 11th. Mark down that day in your calendars now!