Actor quits Hellboy after whitewashing criticism

The Deadpool star, 34, said he did not know the race of Major Ben Daimio when he accepted the part in the comic book adaptation.

He said he was stepping down "so the role can be cast appropriately".

The initial casting prompted accusations of Hollywood "whitewashing" following other recent rows.

Skrein noted in a statement posted to his 34,000 Twitter followers that there had been "intense conversation and understandable upset" since he was cast in the film as the Japanese-American character.

Petition demands 'make Mulan right'

The information, posted anonymously on the websiteAngry Asian Man, revealed that the new Disney movie would not focus on Mulan's own journey to protect her family. Instead, the proposed remake of the studio's hit animation movie would feature a white male European sailor who saved the young heroine and conquered her heart.