The first trailer for the much-anticipated The Predator is here. The movie is the latest entry in the long-running sci-fi action franchise that started with the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic Predator in 1987, and it hits theaters in September.
The trailer opens with a kid playing with some alien tech he finds in a box, which seems to be controlling a Predator ship, causing it to crash on the Earth. We then see an army specialist played by Boyd Holbrook being interrogated about what he saw on a jungle mission, followed by warnings from Olivia Munn’s scientist character about the danger posed by the “upgraded” Predators. There’s also plenty of action and a few glimpses of the Predator itself, killing some unfortunate victims. Check it out above.
The Predator is directed by Shane Black, who previously helmed Iron Man 3 and the crime comedy The Nice Guys, as well as writing the original Lethal Weapon. It also stars Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu, Key & Peele), Sterling K. Brown (The People v. OJ Simpson), Thomas Jane (The Expanse), and Jacob Tremblay (Room). It releases on September 14.
Black himself acted in the original Predator, and in a recent interview with Pure Grain Audio, spoke about his approach to tackling a movie in such an established franchise. “The key to Predator has always been the group that goes up against the Predator,” he said. “The trick is to get yourself inside the mindset of a group of men and women, mostly guys in those movies, sometimes with a female protagonist as well. Mostly in the [Alien vs. Predator movies] as well, and Predators.
“You wanna find a balance. It’s not so much addressing the emotions of the characters or finding the fear in the horror film as much as finding what interests me about a horror film. Figuring out why I am the audience member I am for them.”