Some decades-old franchises (Blade Runner, for example) are returning to theaters for the first time in several years with sequels/revivals in 2017 and the same holds true for 2018. One property that returns in the latter year is Predator, the sci-fi action/thriller franchise that began in 1987 with Predator – by Die Hard director John McTiernan and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger – and was last seen in theaters in 2010, with the installment titled Predators. Original Predator costar Shane Black is now writing and directing a sequel/reboot of the franchise simply titled The Predator, with an early 2018 release date target in mind.
Black is keeping plot details for The Predator pretty close to the vest right now, but it’s been reported that Boyd Holbrook (whose next onscreen appearance is in the X-Men film Logan) and Olivia Munn (who appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse just last year, as it were) are both playing humans in the film. It now appears that a third actor has joined The Predator cast, ahead of principle photography getting underway within the next two months or so.
THR is reporting that Trevante Rhodes has now joined the cast of The Predator, with filming slated to begin later this winter (read: either February or early March, at the latest). Rhode is currently picking up accolades for his work in Barry Jenkins’ film Moonlight, an indie drama that is generally considered to be among the front-runners in the current movie awards season race.
The report from THR also asserts that The Predator will take place (at least, partially) in the suburbs, something that other reports on the matter have asserted will not be the case. Beyond that, the original report indicates that Rhodes and Holbrook are both playing ex-marines and best friends in the film, though how and why the pair come into contact with the eponymous extraterrestrial hunter, remains to be seen.
Black and his The Predator writing partner, Fred Dekker, are known for subverting genre tropes and expectations (as evidenced most (in)famously by the “Mandarin twist” in Black’s Iron Man 3), suggesting that the rumor about the film being set in suburbia may yet pan out. It could make for an interesting twist in the Predator formula, by providing an intriguing environment for the humans vs. predator(s) match to unfold in the film. Either way, wherever the movie takes place, the involvement of cinematographer Larry Fong (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) suggests its R-Rated human/alien battles should be quite visually-striking.