The ’80s played host to multiple worthwhile entries into the subgenre of sci-fi/horror, including John Carpenter’s The Thing and They Live, James Cameron’s Aliens, and David Cronenberg’s The Fly. Of course, that list wouldn’t be complete with John McTiernan’s 1987 effort Predator, which introduced the world to one of the coolest movie monsters in modern history, all while combining sci-fi, horror and action into a single exciting cinematic concoction.
While neither of Predator’s sequels have come close to equaling the pop cultural esteem of the original – and the Alien vs. Predator movies even less so – that hasn’t stopped fans from looking forward to yet another action-packed visit from the galaxy’s deadliest hunter. The latest entry into the Predator franchise has arguably the best shot yet of matching the original’s quality, thanks to the presence of acclaimed filmmaker Shane Black in the director’s chair, and Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad) being brought on to pen the script.
Black of course portrayed Hawkins – a member of Dutch’s (Arnold Schwarzenegger) badass team of mercenaries – in the original Predator, adding to his suitability for the job. Black has also already assembled quite the cast for the simply titled The Predator, including Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Keegan Michael-Key (Keanu), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), and Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter), among several others. Now, Deadline reports that actor Jake Busey (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) has just added his name to the cast list.
In addition to his recent three-season run on From Dusk Till Dawn, Busey has an extensive history in genre films, both large and small. Some of his more high-profile credits include The Frighteners, Starship Troopers, and Identity. Busey also does a lot of TV guest spots, including appearances on shows like Charmed, Justified, and Psych. His specific role in The Predator has yet to be revealed. Of course, one would be remiss to not mention Busey’s familial connection to the Predator franchise, as his father Gary played a villainous role in 1990’s Predator 2.
The actual plot and setting of The Predator still remains under wraps, although prior – never officially substantiated – rumors suggested that a suburban setting might be in the cards. One thing’s for sure though, and that’s that The Predator will be R-rated, because as director Black puts it, “spines bleed.” That they do, and anyone unlucky enough to tangle with a Predator will likely be doing a lot of bleeding before all is said and done.
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