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UPDATE: The Predator Cast Adds Some Youthful Talent

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The Predator is currently targeting a February 9, 2018, release date.

Young actor Jacob Tremblay, who together with Brie Larsen delivered the emotional one-two punch of the year in 2015’s Room, has joined the cast of Shane Black’s The Predator. THR is saying that Tremblay will be playing the son of Boyd Holbrook’s ex-Marine character. The son is autistic and bullied in school, but apparently becomes key to the group being able to fight off the Predators because of an ability to learn languages.

In the past, it’s been reported (but not confirmed) that the setting for the movie will be suburban, and the son’s character would seem to fit in o that environment. With the movie set to come out in a roughly a year, we’ll hopefully get a trailer by the summer.

The Predator Movie News Update 1-23-17: Thomas Jane In Negotiations For Shane Black’s The Predator

According to THR, Thomas Jane (one of the many actors to play The Punisher, HBO’s TV series Hung) is in final negotiations to join the case of The Predator. Jane is the latest in a string of actors who are signing up for Shane Black’s latest entry in the franchise, although unlike many of the other characters, no details have been revealed yet regarding the character he’d be playing.

Also, the recent ramp up is apparently because the movie starts production in February.

The Predator Movie News Update 1-19-17: The Predator Cast May Be Gaining Its First Human Villain

Shane Black ‘The Predator’ has been picking up quite a few cast members recently, and THR is reporting that they’ve just added one more. Actor Sterling K. Brown, who’s recently gained attention for his Emmy-winning work on The People v. O.J. Simpson, is in negotiations to join the latest entry in the sci-fi franchise, just a short time after it was announced he was joining the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther.

If the deal goes through, Brown will apparently be playing “a government agent who jails Holbrook’s ex-Marine character, but later needs his help with the Predators.” Hmm. Based on that description, I’d say it sounds like Brown might be part of the villain line-up on this one. At any rate, the cast for The Predator is starting to shape up quite nicely. I’m thinking this is going to be a worthwhile entry into the franchise.

The Predator Movie News UPDATE 1-6-17: Even The Predator Needs To Laugh Occasionally

OK, this is awesome. THR is reporting that Keegan-Michael Key (you done messed up Ay-Ayron!) is in “final negotiations” to join the cast of the Predator. As with the previous casting announcements, there’s not a lot of details regarding his role, but apparently Key “will play a man who teams up with Holbrook and Rhodes [the other Predator fighting actors cast so far] to fight the creatures.

I’m also guessing he’ll at least be providing some comic relief as well, as it would be a shame to to use Key’s comic prowess at least a little.

The Predator Movie News Update 1-5-17: The Predator Gains Another Cast Member to Hunt

THR is reporting that actor Trevante Rhodes has come onboard The Predator, giving the titular alien another potential foe to hunt. Rhodes, best known for some powerful work in the recent movie Moonlight, will be playing the best friend to Boyd Holbrook’s main character. Both Rhodes and Holbrook’s characters are said to be ex-marines.

There isn’t much information is available beyond that, as the details are being kept under wraps. THR is also still saying that the setting will be the suburbs, so this could be a pretty interesting hunt for The Predator.

So far, with Holbrook, Rhodes, and Olivia Munn, the cast is starting to come together quite nicely.

The Predator Movie News Update 11-4-16: The Predator Movie Has Olivia Munn … and the ‘Burbs?

After picking up Boyd Holbrook for the lead, THR has revealed that Fox is now negotiating to add Olivia Munn to the cast of Shane Black’s The Predator. (It looks like Fox is keeping it “in the family” so to speak, having worked with Munn on X-Men: Apocalypse, and Holbrook on a pair of previous movies, as well as the upcoming Logan.) She’ll be playing a scientist opposite Holbrook’s special forces commando, though if I had to guess, I’d say they’re going to find some opportunities for her to kick some ass as well.

Now, plot details being jealously guarded (think Fort Knox), but along with the casting news of Munn, THR is also saying they’ve learned where it’s being set. Crazy alien planet? Nope. Scary, alien environment? Well, it depends on who you ask. Looks like this Predator’s going to be hunting in suburbia. Now, in other hands, this might not be the best choice. But in Shane Black’s hands, this setting could give rise to all kinds of subversive, hilarious material.

That is if THR’s report is accurate. A tweet this morning that may be from Shane Black (the account isn’t verified, though it looks official) is saying that the suburban setting is news to him.

UPDATE: The text of the above-referenced tweet can still be viewed here, but it has since been deleted from the @BonafideBlack account. Which I suppose means it’s not a verified account or Shane Black is recanting. Or maybe he simply doesn’t care that much. Hmmm.

The plan, for now, is to start shooting in February 2017 and target a February 9, 2018, release date. I, for one, am started to get pretty excited for this Predator.

The Predator Movie News Update 10-11-16: Del Toro Out, Holbrook In for New Predator Movie

The Hollywood Reporter’s saying that Benicio Del Toro is no longer attached as the lead to Shane Black’s upcoming The Predator movie. There’s no word on why he’s moving on (though his packed schedule appears to be a factor), but the studio already has a replacement in mind: Boyd Holbrook. Recently, Holbrook has been attracting a lot of praise for his work in the Netflix series Narcos, and this isn’t the only high-profile movie he’s got in the works. He’s also set to menace Hugh Jackman in Logan.

The Predator Movie News Update 9-12-16: Benicio Del Toro Signs on For the Predator Reboot

So, Shane Black’s upcoming Predator reboot may be gaining some interesting star power. According to a recent Deadline report, Benicio Del Toro (receiving strong praise for his recent role in Sicario, and recognizable to Marvel movie fans as The Collector), is in talks to join the cast.

According to the report, the talks are still at an early stage. In addition, no further details have been revealed about what possible role Del Toro [Click here to read more…]

Original Post 5-17-16: The New Predator Movie Is Sounding Better All the Time

OK. So, quick recap. A little less than a year ago, it was revealed that Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3), who played the role of Hawkins in the original Predator, would be revisiting the franchise, this time as the co-writer and director of a new Predator movie. Rumors began pouring onto the internet claiming it was a reboot, a rumor which Shane Black was quick to put down, saying that it wasn’t a reboot “…as far as Fred and I are concerned anyway. Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?

The Fred in that sentence is co-writer Fred Dekker (who directed and co-wrote cult classic The Monster Squad with Black), who about three months ago released the first image from the movie, containing a sly reference to Black’s Iron Man 3.

Teaser poster for the new Predator movie

Then, a couple of months ago, while talking to fans at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked about the new Predator movie, and if he might be involved, to which he replied:

I haven’t talked with him (Shane Black) yet, but I’m going to meet with him for lunch sometime soon. 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.

Shortly after that, Black revealed some additional details in an interview regarding the new Predator movie. First, he talked about why he initially turned down the script, but then was won back:

They called me and I was reluctant. I said, “Look. You guys at Fox, I mean, I enjoy these movies, but we’ve been churning out these AVP whatever, they each cost a certain amount of money, they’re okay, but there’s no effort to elevate them or make them any kind of an event.” They’re just sort of another Predator. “Oh, there’s another one that came out.” They said, “What if we said to you we want to reinvent this, and really treat it with as much of an event status, or as much hoopla as we would the Alien prequel, which is coming out also? We really want to make this something. The kind of movie that people line up for.” I said, “Really, you’ll spend a bunch of money?” They go, “Yep.” I go, “Make it really scale, spectacle?” “Yep.” “Shit, that sounds interesting.

When asked if Schwarzenegger was going to be involved, Black basically sidestepped it:

We have not talked about it, which is good because I’m not supposed to talk about it anyway. Not supposed to talk about details of the script. And I shouldn’t.

And finally, when asked when the movie might be set, Black responded with a short and clear answer:

This one will be set in present day.

And now, just a few days ago, director and co-writer Shane Black has revealed some additional details about the look of the titular character in the new Predator movie. During a press junket, Black revealed the following to Coming Soon when asked about potential changes to the costume:

It’s not to ‘improve,’ it’s to make it fun, make it different, make it organically different. So what’s the extension of it that makes sense, that’s exciting? There have been a lot of changes to Stan’s design over the years. These different Predator movies have done different things. Ultimately it’s not about design to me, it’s about the story you want to tell. There are people who are always going to agonize over Iron Man, what color his suit is. Maybe this weapon does a new thing, but if the story is not good I don’t give a sh*t what color the suit is. In ‘The Predator’ we’re doing a lot of upgrades to what you would consider to be the traditional Predator technology and look, but hopefully, the story is what’s going to drag people in, not just the attention to the minutiae.

Black also revealed at that same junket that they hope to start shooting this September or October while shooting for a March 2nd, 2018 release date.

So, how excited are you for the new Predator movie? It sounds like Black is on the right track, and we may finally be getting a Predator sequel that may match the status of the original.

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