Benicio del Toro in Talks to Play Lead Role in Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’

By September 12, 2016

Last year, Benicio del Toro gave one of the best performances of his career in director Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, giving the actor an added boost back into the pop culture consciousness, with him later landing a mystery role in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII. Though, it looks like his venture into the blockbuster realm won’t be stopping there either.

THR is reporting that del Toro is in talks to play the lead role in writer/director Shane Black’s The Predator, which is set to be a reboot of the beloved monster movie franchise. The film is said to be an ensemble piece, anchored by del Toro’s character, similar it seems to the format of the 1987 original as well.

The report states that the actor and studio have been dancing around the role for several months now, with del Toro’s busy schedule being a possible problem for the deal. That hurdle seems to have gone away though, with a February 2017 production start date on the project planned currently.

Black reportedly wrote the treatment for the new film, with the script then being written by Fred Dekker, his Monster Squad co-writer.

The filmmaker has been good about providing fans with constant updates on the project’s progress over the past several months as well, focusing solely on the film’s scale and relationship to the original films, while still managing to be vague about what kinds of connections fans can expect to see in the film. With Black involved though, and a possible lead star in del Toro, this is shaping up to be one of the more promising 80s reboot that’s in the works right now.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable