It has been a long time since fans of 1987's Predator have enjoyed the franchise. Arguably, there has not been a quality version since the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led classic that showcased the absolute best of the science-fiction crossed with action genre in cinema.
Fast forward to 2017 and with Shane Black's soft reboot/sequel The Predator just months away from a premiere on February 9, all eyes will be on the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang filmmaker. Obviously with high hopes to get the best out of the alien as it returns for more bloodshed. Cast member Sterling K. Brown sat down with Entertainment Weekly and could barely contain his excitement at taking part in the new addition to the series.
SKB: My Friends Thought I Would Be The Next Bill Duke
Riding high from his portrayal of Christopher Darden in 2016's The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Brown believed that there will be a level of black humor to proceedings.
“Shane (Black director) has his whole take on it and it’s very different than the original Predator,” Brown explained to EW. “It’s got a really wicked sense of humor to it, which I love about it. And it’s got a real camaraderie amongst the main characters that I think folks will be attracted to. That’s pretty much all I can say.”
Trying and failing to keep his cards close to his chest, he did admit that his inclusion to The Predator scene is the culmination of a boyhood dream for the 41-year old.
“I’m a huge fan of Predator,” he says, “and, of course, everybody loves Jesse the Body (Ventura) and Arnold (Schwarzenegger) and Carl Weathers and Bill Duke. My friends at Stanford used to tease me — being the dark-skinned African-American man that I am — they’d say, ‘Yo, man, you’re going to start getting all (those) Bill Duke roles when you get older.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t look anything like Bill Duke, you guys can kiss my ass.’ So then I booked this movie and I told them and they’re like, ‘Dude, do you even realize that you’re now Bill Duke?’ And I had to go tell them to kiss my ass all over again.”
Holbrook: A Monster Story Grounded In The Real World
Out earlier in the year to promote the Marvel smash hit Logan, Boyd Holbrook drew a link between the R-rated X-Men adventure to this title in production.
"We're up in Vancouver right now," he explained. "I think we'll be going to Mexico at some point. I play a character named Quinn McKenna who is an ex-sniper in the rangers. I think you're going to get a similar dynamic - what works so well for Logan is that it is a relatable story. It's rooted in personal relationships with, you know - this is essentially a father and daughter story. And I think you're going to get an equal amount of quality out of Predator."