The amazing ensemble cast for Shane Black’s Predator reboot, The Predator, just keeps on growing—despite reports that the cast has been capped. On March 6th, we were told that Augusto Aguilera had been hired as the final member of the cast, but that news was followed by a photo on March 9th that included Thomas Jane (who had been rumored but never confirmed to be participating). Now, we’re getting word that the team is expanding yet again, and it’s a name horror fans will recognize.
Jake Busey has been added to the cast of Shane Black’s The Predator at 20th Century Fox. Production is underway on the R-rated reboot, which stars Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Augusto Aguilera and Keegan-Michael Key. Fox has set a February 9 release date. Busey’s role, like the film’s main plot, is being kept under wraps.
For Busey, the Predator franchise is a family affair. His father, Gary Busey, appeared in Predator 2 as nefarious government operative Peter Keyes, a character who hoped to capture alien technology for military applications. The younger Busey is perhaps best known for his role in Starship Troopers where he played arrogant yet dependable infantryman Ace Levy; he’s also had turns in Contact, The Frighteners, Identity, and Most Likely to Die.
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.