You just can’t keep a good trophy-hunting alien down.
Ever since Arnold Schwarzenegger first brawled with the hulking extraterrestrial hunter in 1987’s Predator, the iconic creatures introduced in director John McTiernan’s film have found their way back to the screen in one form or another in various movies, video games, and other projects. The response to those projects has been mixed, though, and after a pair of crossover films featuring the nonhuman stars of both the Alien and Predator franchises and a 2010 spinoff film titled Predators all failed to catch on, studio 20th Century Fox announced plans to go the reboot route in 2018.
Now set to be directed by Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang filmmaker Shane Black — who also played a supporting role in the original 1987 film — The Predator will feature a script by Black and Fred Dekker, who previously worked together on the 1980s cult classic The Monster Squad. The film is expected to acknowledge the first two installments of the franchise while also rebooting the series for modern movie audiences. Narcos actor Boyd Holbrook stars in the film.
With the studio planning to unleash The Predator on theaters February 9, 2018, here’s everything we know about the movie so far.
Cameras rolling, killers posing
Shane Black unleashed a few major updates on the film in mid-February, all via Twitter. The first update, posted on February 18, confirmed the film’s R rating.
And, just to be clear… PG-13 is for pussies. Spines bleed… a lot.
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) February 18, 2017
He then posted a “partial cast” photo featuring many of the actors appearing in the film, along with the announcement that cameras had officially begun rolling on the movie.
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
From left to right, that’s Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, and Keegan-Michael Key in the back row, along with Jacob Tremblay and Black himself in the front row.
Hunters and hunted
Although the alien Predator is the true star of the franchise, the series has lined up some memorable prey for its hunter over the years.
In January 2017, Hung star Thomas Jane (pictured above) was reportedly added to the cast of the film in an unknown role. No stranger to genre fare due to his starring role in 2004’s The Punisher and various sci-fi and horror films and television series over the years (including the current sci-fi series The Expanse), Jane hasn’t appeared in very many big-budget movie projects lately, so it will be a return to the big screen of sorts for the actor.
In November, X-Men: Apocalypse actress Olivia Munn (above) reportedly joined the cast of the film, with The Hollywood Reporter indicating that she’ll play a scientist opposite Holbrook’s character. In early 2017, Key & Peele co-creator and actor Keegan-Michael Key was also added to the supporting cast, along with Moonlight actor Trevante Rhodes.
The project appeared to be narrowing its search for a leading man when Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro was reported in September 2016 to be in talks for the starring role in The Predator. Those talks appeared to have broken down in a hurry, though, as Narcos actor Boyd Holdbrook was announced as Del Toro’s replacement just a month later. Holbrook and Rhodes are both rumored to be playing ex-Marines on a mission to take down the alien hunter.