Shane Black is looking to bring back one of the franchises that jump started his career. While writing Lethal Weapon helped a lot, 1987 also saw Black appear in Predator. Thirty years later, Black has moved behind the camera to direct The Predator. The movie has already been filming for a few weeks now and will see Logan's Boyd Holbrook take on the lead role as an former member of the military.
Since filming is already underway following a flurry of casting announcements, it appeared that Black had his Predator cast completed. Well, that was not the case apparently, with Edward James Olmos being the latest star to join the fight against the eponymous alien hunter.
THR revealed Olmos' addition to the cast and could only specify that his character will be involved with the military. Olmos is the latest noteworthy addition to a cast that includes a variety of remarkable additions. Olmos is best known for his work as William Adama in Battlestar Galactica, but also has had prominent roles in Dexter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He is also scheduled to reprise his role as Gaff for Blade Runner 2049.
With Olmos playing another military member, this continues to show just how big of a role the military will have in The Predator. Sterling K. Brown is set to play a government agent that gets wrapped up in this battle, but it will be Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, and others that have military ties. It is unclear if Olmos will get in the fight himself, or be a high ranking officer calling the shots from a high security base.
The Predator also features Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Augusto Aguilera (Chasing Life), and Jake Busey (Starship Troopers) in various roles, but don't expect Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear. As for the film's plot, this time the alien hunters will be striking fear into the heart of the suburbs, which is likely why a number of these characters are not trained to fight.
This could be the last bit of news on The Predator for some time, unless even more people join the cast. However, the movie is less than a year away from hitting theaters at this point, so by the time production wraps this summer, it should not be long before some footage is shown. Black has confirmed that his take will maintain an R-rating and violence, but thanks to his unique style, it should be interesting to see what else he brings to the franchise.
- The Predator (2018) release date: Sep 14, 2018