The Predator is Back in a New Teaser Trailer
The beast returns in a new movie from Shane Black
The teaser trailer has dropped for The Predator, and I am un-ironically excited for this film. The reboot of the popular testosterone-fueled film franchise is directed by Shane Black (Iron Man 3), who played Hawkins in the 1987 classic. Hawkins, as you may remember, was the “funny” one of the crew, who kept up a running stream of racist, sexist commentary before being quickly dispatched by the Predator (let’s hope Black left those problematic tendencies behind in this latest iteration). Black also co-write the script with his Monster Squad partner Fred Dekker.
The teaser trailer gives us a peek at the film’s all-star cast, which includes Sterling K. Brown (This is Us), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale) Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Jacob Tremblay (Room). Tremblay plays a young boy who accidentally triggers the Predators’ return to Earth, where a group of soldiers and scientists must contended with the new, genetically engineered aliens.
The original Predator, directed by John McTiernan, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers as a special forces team that encountered the technologically advanced alien hunter in the jungles of Guatemala. The film was made for around $15 million and grossed $98 million worldwide, cementing Schwarzenegger’s status as an A-list star. The film was followed by two sequels, the critically reviled Predator 2 in 1990 and the Robert Rodriguez-produced Predators in 2010. The character has also appeared in the franchise spin-offs Alien vs. Predator and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, in addition to novel, comic books, and video game spin-offs.
Between the killer cast, the special effects, and the nostalgia I got from hearing that signature clicking Predator noise, I am tentatively excited for this reboot. Shane Black is on a hot streak after action comedy The Nice Guys, and I’ll always love him for writing the unsung Geena Davis cult classic The Long Kiss Goodnight. The Predator will hit theaters this September.
(via Polygon, image: 20th Century Fox)
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