Somewhere, a new chapter of a beloved franchise is now taking its first steps into being revitalized. After years of talk, The Predator has begun production under the direction of Shane Black, a man who knows Predator because he was killed by one in 1987. Black’s Predator has been a topic of much conversation, and much rumour mongering, but we still don’t know much about it, but the first day of production has yielded the revelation that the cast that Black has brought together is 100 per cent certifiably bad ass. Revealed via Twitter, Black’s crew is ready to fight a powerful alien, but which ones will live to tell about it?
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, Jacob Tremblay, Black, Olivia Munn, and Keegan-Michael Key. According to the mill, Holbrook and Rhodes are retired Maries, and Tremblay is Holbrook’s son who apparently is a pint-sized linguistic protege. Munn plays a scientists, and Brown is a government agent that likely knows more than he’s saying. How all these people come together to fight the Predator is still to be determined.
Black’s mention about this being a “partial cast” is interesting because you’ve got to wonder who else is waiting to come onboard this thing? Both Thomas Jane and 50 Cent are mentioned on the IMDb page for The Predator, and there’s been a lot of talk about Arnold Schwarzenegger returning as Dutch from the first film too. None of that’s been confirmed yet, but Black has said in the past that this is “not a sequel” and that he was questing to return the franchise back to the more mysterious, intimate roots of the original Predator movie. Everything else remains unknown, but the setting is supposedly suburban. As production rolls on though, look for some more details to start leaking out.
The Predator will be in theatres everywhere on February 9, 2018.