Who better to fill the shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger than Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro, right?
Even Twentieth Century Fox agreed, working aggressively to bring the Traffic and Star Wars: Episode VIII actor to Shane Black’s planned The Predator reboot.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, adding that if Black can bring on Holbrook, it will mean other changes in the alien-hunting reboot.
While Holbrook does not have the star power Del Toro has, Fox is planning on beefing up the supporting cast. And the rising actor does have plenty of love and support from the studio itself: He has appeared in three Fox movies in the last two years, the latest one being Logan, the X-Men spin-off in which he is the movie’s villain.
The other two films, the trade publication added, were Gone Girl and Morgan.
Holbrook is probably best known to audiences as Steve Murphy in the Netflix series Narcos. He also appeared in the 2012 History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.
Holbrook’s first major screen role was in 2008’s Oscar-winning Milk as Denton Smith.
Fox apparently did everything it could to accommodate Del Toro, even moving the filming schedule around, THR reported. Although Fox wouldn’t share exactly why Del Toro backed out, it does appear some of his other pending projects had schedule changes that made it impossible for him to join this film.
The Predator is based on the 1987 film starring Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura and Black himself as a group of commandos fighting an enemy in the jungle that is not military rebels, but instead a scary alien.
That film grossed $98.3 million worldwide, or $212.7 million today. Predator 2 in 1990 and Predators in 2010 didn’t include Schwarzenegger, and didn’t exactly have the same pull. The first sequel captured $54.8 million, or $104.9 million today, according to The Numbers while the 2010 film with Adrien Brody picked up $127.2 million, or $140.5 million today.
A movie slightly out of the universe, AVP: Alien vs. Predator in 2004 earned $172.5 million, or $222.4 million today. Fox produced a sequel, Requiem in 2007.
Although Black has changed his Predator role from actor to writer/director, he’s no stranger to standing on the other side of the camera. Black’s writing credits include the original Lethal Weapon film in 1987, Last Action Hero in 1993 (also starring Schwarzenegger) and Iron Man 3 in 2013.
Fox has set a release date for February 2018.
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