We’ve been following Shane Black’s Predator reboot, The Predator, since the project was first announced in 2016. As the large ensemble cast was taking shape in January, we first got murmurs that Thomas Jane was in talks to sign-on, but his participation was always listed as “Rumored” on IMDB—until late last night!
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Black Tweeted a behind the scenes set pic last night that shows the cast chilling in the back of a bus; clearly visible in the back, left (behind Keegan Michael-Key): Mr. Thomas Jane! Check it out:
Stone killers with serious acting chops — but which of them will be chopped… by THE PREDATOR? (See what I did there?) pic.twitter.com/H5lOw2K5vy
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) March 9, 2017
“Stone killers with serious acting chops — but which of them will be chopped… by THE PREDATOR? (See what I did there?)”
Since this is the first confirmation we have of Janes’ allegiance, we don’t have any information regarding his character. But we’ll definitely bring you updates as details emerge, so stay tuned on that! Besides Jane, the cast includes: Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Augusto Aguilera. Black is directing from a script penned by Fred Dekker.
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In the original Predator (Official Synopsis): Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a soldier of fortune, is hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians trapped in Guatemala. But when Dutch and his team, which includes weapons expert Blain (Jesse Ventura) and CIA agent George (Carl Weathers), land in Central America, something is gravely wrong. After finding a string of dead bodies, the crew discovers they are being hunted by a brutal creature with superhuman strength and the ability to disappear into its surroundings.
Ironically, director Shane Black had a bit-part in Predator, alongside Schwarzenegger. He played Hawkins who was, unfortunately, the aggressive alien’s first kill.