Here's everything we know about Shane Black's Predator reboot.
There’s a new Predator movie on the way, and thankfully, it’s not a reboot. The latest installment, known simply as The Predator has been described by director and co-writer Shane Black as “an inventive sequel” so that’s good.
See? Totally not a reboot. Oh, and the best thing about this not being a reboot? They don’t have to even think about trying to top Stan Winston’s original creature design. So what if none of the sequels lived up to the promise of the original? This one has a creative team that gives it the best chance to hit the mark.
Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Lethal Weapon, Hawkins in the original Predator film…do we really need to introduce him?) is writing the treatment, and then Fred Dekker (Monster Squad) will handle the actual script (a draft was turned in around late November). Mr. Black is also directing.
The Predator Release Date
“I’m gonna have me some fun” on September 14, 2018…which sees the movie pushed back from August 3, 2018, which itself was a longer wait than we expected, as it was originally scheduled for February 9, 2018.
Don’t worry, Shane Black promised us this one will be rated R.
He just revealed a new look at the cast, too.
The Predator Cast
Partial cast… beautiful human beings, good people. Also, killers. Cameras roll today. Follow me on Twitter for updates. Wish us luck. pic.twitter.com/vYGgGesW0Y
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) February 20, 2017
This one has put together quite a cast. Boyd Holbrook is our leading Predator fighter this time around. Room star Jacb Tremblay plays the son of Boyd Holbrook’s character (via THR). That same THR report gives us the first details about Holbrook’s character and the story, saying that he’s “an ex-Marine who discovers the existence of fierce aliens but finds that no one believes they exist.”
Olivia Munn will play a scientist in the film as the female lead.
Emmy-winner Sterling K. Brown (who also recently joined the stellar cast of Black Panther) is on board. THR says Mr. Brown plays “a government agent who jails Holbrook’s ex-Marine character, but later needs his help with the Predators.” Note the “Predators” plural there.
Emmy nominee Keegan-Michael Key is in the cast as well, and THR says he’ll be teaming up with the two main characters to fight the alien menace. No other details are available.
Trevante Rhodes plays the best friend of Holbrook’s character, and both are said to be former marines (via THR).
Former Punisher and current Expanse star, Thomas Jane is on board, too. The news comes via THR, but unlike some of their earlier casting breaks there’s no other info on his character. Hopefully he’s a badass of some kind. He’s good at that.
Chuck actress Yvonne Strahovski will play the mother of Jacob Tremblay’s character — a troubled boy accidentally drawn into the conflict with the fierce alien creatures by Strahovski’s character’s ex-husband.
Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen will play an ex-Marine who joins the perilous efforts of the film’s recently revealed militants in their hunt for a group of elusive ambush-happy alien warriors. In a contextual tidbit that might be considered news in its own right, the setting of said hunt will be in the middle of affluent suburbia.
Is it possible we’ll see “Dutch” Schaefer make some kind of appearance? It seems like a long shot and certainly nothing is confirmed. “I haven’t talked with him (Shane Black) yet but I’m going to meet with him for lunch sometime soon,” Schwarzenegger told The Arnold Fans last year. “Just as soon as I’m finished with this (Arnold’s Sports Festival) and The Apprentice and all this stuff. But I will get together with him. If there is any news, we’ll of course let you know right away.”
It doesn’t sound promising for ol’ Dutch, does it?