The upcoming Predator remake is certainly looking like one of those remakes which might actually work out. And I base that confidence largely on the passion that director Shane Black (Iron Man 3) has for the project, along with his stellar credentials. Black is a huge fan of the 80s hey-day, having acted in the original Predator itself and also writing Lethal Weapon 1 – 3, The Last Boy Scout, The Last Action Hero and The Long Kiss Goodnight. So if anyone understood 80s action and mayhem, Black would. And his most recent movie The Nice Guys confirmed that with a witty, funny and thoroughly enjoyable action romp buddy cop film that reminded you of those great Lethal Weapon movies.
However, while everything that Black has been saying about the film is hitting all the right spots, one thing we haven’t heard an awful lot about is the cast. Until now. And according to Variety, it appears Beneicio del Toro is in talks to star in the new film. There is no word yet on what role he will play in the film, though he will likely be one of the leads in the battle against the predatorial alien species.
Either way, this does represent a change from the original Predator film, which was made back in 1987 and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the hero who takes on the alien. I say that because Del Toro is not your typical action hero and is much more widely known for his acting chops. That’s not to say that he can’t do action, only we can expect to see a little more gravitas behind it all. Schwarzenegger’s performance in the first film was suitably very stoic and no nonsense, whereas a Del Toro in the lead role will likely add a whole lot more variety to the performance.
This is all speculation though as he could have a very different role in the film than what I am currently envisioning. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Predator actually win this time, just to make it something completely different, but I don’t think all audiences are sadists like me.
The Predator remake is currently scheduled for a Feb 9, 2018 opening.
Last Updated: September 13, 2016