It appears director Shane Black has an army of soldiers ready to take on The Predator when he arrives in 2018. With Thomas Jane in negotiations to join the picture. The 47-year old star of The Mist and Dreamcatcher is only a few details away from putting pen to paper on the deal. And, should he do so, he would link up with the likes of Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Trevante Rhodes.
Jane won't have long to look over the details though, with production said to get underway this February in Vancouver. So the clock is ticking for it to be made official. The 2018 reboot will have the alien hunters in a more domestic setting, similar to that of the 1990 sequel Predator 2. A title that categorically flopped with critics despite appeasing a number of fans of the franchise.
Holbrook The Hunter: Actor Becoming Typecast
No concrete details have emerged about the characters and what role they will be playing. But it would be fair to assume that Boyd Holbrook could take on the lead that was vacated by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987. Black was quizzed about the former California Governor returning for a cameo as Dutch, but the filmmaker would not entertain the idea to the press.
“I’m not allowed to discuss (whether or not Schwarzenegger would appear)," replied the Iron Man 3 director.
Holbrook's recent credits include a starring role in the hit Netflix television series Narcos, playing an officer who hunts down Pablo Escobar in 1990s Columbia. His latest effort will be on show March 3 via Logan, playing leader of the Reavers in Donald Pierce. This time hunting down mutants for Zander Rice. See a theme emerging?
Jane Back In The Big Time After Marvel Gig
It has been a while between drinks for Thomas Jane to jump aboard a blockbuster of this size and scale in Hollywood. Spending more of his time recently on television projects including Hung and Texas Rising. Back in 2004 it was Jane who faced the popular Marvel character The Punisher, leading the way for Jon Bernthal to ultimately take over that slot for Netflix's own Daredevil.
Jane's flick managed a mere $54.7m at the box office. And, while some of the hardcore faithful enjoyed seeing the character in cinemas, it flattered to deceive by maintaining a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The actor would later reprise the role in a 2012 short 10-minute film titled The Punisher: Dirty Laundry. Coming back 8 years after the motion picture to reap his own version of justice.