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Shane Black shares first cast photo from The Predator and reaffirms R-rating

02.20.2017

UPDATE: Shortly after Black's reaffirmation of the R-rating, he shared the first look at the cast of the film, including Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jacob Tremblay! Take a look below!

Though the creature hasn’t seen many great iterations since Arny took him on in 1987, Shane Black’s upcoming THE PREDATOR promises to bring the alien hunter back to his glorious, bone-snapping, blood-gushing glory. In this day and age to no one would put it past the studio to want a more marketable PG-13 rated flick, but Black is reassuring fans that’s not gonna happen on his watch.

Teasing something that’s going to happen today, Black followed up by clarifying his artistic intentions with a statement befitting of a talented filmmaker like himself, with the grace and dialect of a king, or some other courtly gentleman:

I couldn’t have said it better myself… mostly because I would get grounded.

Back in October Black spoke about approaching the film with the same sort of zeal that the first movie had, saying that people probably weren’t interested in seeing a PG-13 PREDATOR movie.  The movie has so far cast Olivia Munn, MOONLIGHT’s Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Thomas Jane, Keegan-Michael Key and more, so try to picture which one is having their spine ripped out. They knew what they signed up for.

Shane Black was an inspired choice to helm the new PREDATOR movie. It would’ve been easy to hire some run-of-the-mill director to give us some regular action flick, but Black’s style is something the series desperately needs. He’s able to wring funny, complex performances from his cast, tip genres on their head, and deliver gleeful violence when it’s suitable. THE PREDATOR will never not be suitable for violence, so expect it by the buckets.

Stay tuned for...whatever it is this means:

THE PREDATOR arrives February 9, 2018.

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12:03AM on 02/22/2017
Weak ass cast. Olivia Munn and derpy little kid look out of place. Black doesn't give a shit about Predator and that he'll shoehorn comedy and dumb gags anywhere he can into the movie. No thanks.
Weak ass cast. Olivia Munn and derpy little kid look out of place. Black doesn't give a shit about Predator and that he'll shoehorn comedy and dumb gags anywhere he can into the movie. No thanks.
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8:32PM on 02/21/2017
Looks like a Predator movie parody....
Looks like a Predator movie parody....
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6:55PM on 02/21/2017
Will continue to try and suspend my judgment, but meh...Every announcement besides Key and Jane has been meh, meh, and more meh...
Will continue to try and suspend my judgment, but meh...Every announcement besides Key and Jane has been meh, meh, and more meh...
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9:21AM on 02/21/2017

The cast ??

Will this movie premiere on BET or something???
Will this movie premiere on BET or something???
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10:08AM on 02/21/2017
It's a spin-off of The Wire
It's a spin-off of The Wire
8:48AM on 02/21/2017

Now I'm having my doubts.

The original had an awesome cast...this cast says nothing to me. Oh wait, yes, the little kid in the cast has PG-13 written all over it. Come on, why would the studio have a kid as part of the story if it wasnt going to be PG-13? Still, I'm willing to give it a chance because Shane Black says he wants to make an event movie out of it....
The original had an awesome cast...this cast says nothing to me. Oh wait, yes, the little kid in the cast has PG-13 written all over it. Come on, why would the studio have a kid as part of the story if it wasnt going to be PG-13? Still, I'm willing to give it a chance because Shane Black says he wants to make an event movie out of it....
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6:08AM on 02/21/2017
Looks okay.
Looks okay.
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1:35AM on 02/21/2017
I love the Predator franchise, even more than the Alien franchise (that's right, you heard me), and Black is a great director, so I'm like 85% sure I'll see this. But what is with this cast? We have pops and son, and Key in full action mode? What is going on? Anyway, I believe in Shane Black, so go make your Pred movie!
I love the Predator franchise, even more than the Alien franchise (that's right, you heard me), and Black is a great director, so I'm like 85% sure I'll see this. But what is with this cast? We have pops and son, and Key in full action mode? What is going on? Anyway, I believe in Shane Black, so go make your Pred movie!
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9:05PM on 02/20/2017

One Big Mehhhhh!

Not one of the actors peaks my interest for this movie, with the news that Arnie isn't returning and the one cast member I was jazzed about being part of this flick (Thomas Jane) isn't even in this promo pic, I have zero enthusiasm. I'll wait once this reaches the firestick... for free! And what's with kid anyway, wasn't anything learned from fucking up from the Robo Cop sequel by throwing a kid in there?!?!
Not one of the actors peaks my interest for this movie, with the news that Arnie isn't returning and the one cast member I was jazzed about being part of this flick (Thomas Jane) isn't even in this promo pic, I have zero enthusiasm. I'll wait once this reaches the firestick... for free! And what's with kid anyway, wasn't anything learned from fucking up from the Robo Cop sequel by throwing a kid in there?!?!
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8:02PM on 02/20/2017
Looks like another stargate spinoff on syfy. Looking less and less forward to this.
Looks like another stargate spinoff on syfy. Looking less and less forward to this.
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5:25PM on 02/20/2017
So yeah, not the cast I was hoping for. I do still have faith that they will all have chemistry and that the script is good. There is no point in comparing this cast to the original. The original cast was a dream cast like no other. I mean hell, the insurance company made them get a body guard for Billy, but not for him you realize, it was to protect other people from him.
So yeah, not the cast I was hoping for. I do still have faith that they will all have chemistry and that the script is good. There is no point in comparing this cast to the original. The original cast was a dream cast like no other. I mean hell, the insurance company made them get a body guard for Billy, but not for him you realize, it was to protect other people from him.
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5:11PM on 02/20/2017
Yeah, color me neutral on this. I'm one to live in the past and the bar was set so high 30 years ago that it's gonna be impossible to match. I dug Predators a lot. I'm still trying to have faith in Shane Black, but I can't wrap my head around this cast and after reading a lot of the comments below I'm starting to lost a bit more confidence in him as well. Also, I like Nice Guys a lot, but still didn't think it was upper tier great...
Yeah, color me neutral on this. I'm one to live in the past and the bar was set so high 30 years ago that it's gonna be impossible to match. I dug Predators a lot. I'm still trying to have faith in Shane Black, but I can't wrap my head around this cast and after reading a lot of the comments below I'm starting to lost a bit more confidence in him as well. Also, I like Nice Guys a lot, but still didn't think it was upper tier great...
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5:01PM on 02/20/2017
Why do I have a feeling that Thomas Jane dies first?
Why do I have a feeling that Thomas Jane dies first?
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4:47PM on 02/20/2017
I'm sorry but this cast photo doesn't inspire much confidence at all. I know not having the jungle in the background and hearing the actors in character is part of it, but line them up next to the original cast and they fall flat. I feel the cast from the film with Adrien Brody looked better than this. I guess we can't pass judgement yet, so I hope this turns out better than we know.
I'm sorry but this cast photo doesn't inspire much confidence at all. I know not having the jungle in the background and hearing the actors in character is part of it, but line them up next to the original cast and they fall flat. I feel the cast from the film with Adrien Brody looked better than this. I guess we can't pass judgement yet, so I hope this turns out better than we know.
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4:21PM on 02/20/2017
Sorry but when you line up that cast next to the original, this cast looks like the pg-13 cast for pussies. And where is Tom Jane? He better not be some foil who gets taken out early because he is the only legit badass they have. Such a wasted opportunity not having Arnold, the Rock, Bautista, and Statham in this.
Sorry but when you line up that cast next to the original, this cast looks like the pg-13 cast for pussies. And where is Tom Jane? He better not be some foil who gets taken out early because he is the only legit badass they have. Such a wasted opportunity not having Arnold, the Rock, Bautista, and Statham in this.
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4:42PM on 02/20/2017
I feel the same way!
I feel the same way!
5:10PM on 02/20/2017
I know man. I mean the Predator hunts for sport and competition, this group looks like he is hunting for a Hollister shopping buddy.
I know man. I mean the Predator hunts for sport and competition, this group looks like he is hunting for a Hollister shopping buddy.
12:55AM on 02/21/2017
LOL Brucealmighty!
LOL Brucealmighty!
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4:05PM on 02/20/2017

Where's Thomas Jane?!!

He should be teamleader.
There are so many badasses you can form a team with, not these softies.
Make a team of veteran predator hunters with Schwarzenegger, Thomas Jane,Dolph Lundgren, Michael Biehn, Stephen Lang....actually let the next Expendables be Expendables vs Predator, and this time with most getting killed.
He should be teamleader.
There are so many badasses you can form a team with, not these softies.
Make a team of veteran predator hunters with Schwarzenegger, Thomas Jane,Dolph Lundgren, Michael Biehn, Stephen Lang....actually let the next Expendables be Expendables vs Predator, and this time with most getting killed.
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1:25PM on 02/20/2017
Can't wait. I'm so confused as to why people are hating on the kid... I guess I'm one of the only people who loved Iron Man 3. RDJ's interaction with the kid was great.
Can't wait. I'm so confused as to why people are hating on the kid... I guess I'm one of the only people who loved Iron Man 3. RDJ's interaction with the kid was great.
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1:18PM on 02/20/2017
Having the kid in the cast automatically reminds me of Jurassic Park. I too trust Shane Black. He likes throwing curveballs. However we are dealing with an R rating. Makes me all the more positively curious.
Having the kid in the cast automatically reminds me of Jurassic Park. I too trust Shane Black. He likes throwing curveballs. However we are dealing with an R rating. Makes me all the more positively curious.
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1:02PM on 02/20/2017
I have to say, that cast looks like shit. That kid, I just wanna punch him for some reason, and Peele? or Kay, which ever one, what the hell is he doing in there. It looks like Shane Blacks going soft. Olivia Munns alright, and I like boyd Holbrook and all but he just cant carry the tough guy act to well, the couple token black dudes I have no clue who they are. Geez I am not excited at all anymore, and yes, I am judging the movie based on one cast photo.
I have to say, that cast looks like shit. That kid, I just wanna punch him for some reason, and Peele? or Kay, which ever one, what the hell is he doing in there. It looks like Shane Blacks going soft. Olivia Munns alright, and I like boyd Holbrook and all but he just cant carry the tough guy act to well, the couple token black dudes I have no clue who they are. Geez I am not excited at all anymore, and yes, I am judging the movie based on one cast photo.
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2:37PM on 02/20/2017
I agree about the kid, wholeheartedly. However, as for Keegan Michael Key being in it...I think he will basically be a copy of Shane Black's character in the original Predator. Will have some witty remarks/comedy relief, but still get the job done. It seems Key can pull of dramatic roles too, though, so who knows. I like him. But yeah...the rest don't give me good vibes yet.. But, neither did Danny Glover for Predator 2! The kid almost makes it a deal-breaker though. Guess we'll see...
I agree about the kid, wholeheartedly. However, as for Keegan Michael Key being in it...I think he will basically be a copy of Shane Black's character in the original Predator. Will have some witty remarks/comedy relief, but still get the job done. It seems Key can pull of dramatic roles too, though, so who knows. I like him. But yeah...the rest don't give me good vibes yet.. But, neither did Danny Glover for Predator 2! The kid almost makes it a deal-breaker though. Guess we'll see...
1:02PM on 02/20/2017

About the kid

Generally I agree that inserting a kid is a surefire way to make people hate your movie, but I loved Ty Simpkins in Iron Man Three. Plus Jacob Tremblay was phenomenal in Room, so Shane's got my vote here.
Generally I agree that inserting a kid is a surefire way to make people hate your movie, but I loved Ty Simpkins in Iron Man Three. Plus Jacob Tremblay was phenomenal in Room, so Shane's got my vote here.
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1:00PM on 02/20/2017

Olivia Munn, a kid, and a comedian and the rest all under 6' tall.....

I had really high hopes but they just took a huge hit. Why can't we have a cast that is more bad ass like the original Predator? My headline says it all. So sick of them throwing a girl in there just because. A kid for the family aspect. And a comedian who's trying to cross over. I'm a little upset, better stop typing.
I had really high hopes but they just took a huge hit. Why can't we have a cast that is more bad ass like the original Predator? My headline says it all. So sick of them throwing a girl in there just because. A kid for the family aspect. And a comedian who's trying to cross over. I'm a little upset, better stop typing.
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1:04PM on 02/20/2017
I know, I don't get this at all. The whole point of Predator is that the predators have actual worthy opponents, this looks like the cast of a comedy sketch group
I know, I don't get this at all. The whole point of Predator is that the predators have actual worthy opponents, this looks like the cast of a comedy sketch group
12:51PM on 02/20/2017
The only way the kid's presence in the movie would be justified is if he viciously gets his spine ripped out. And they actually show it.
The only way the kid's presence in the movie would be justified is if he viciously gets his spine ripped out. And they actually show it.
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12:40PM on 02/20/2017
I love the first Predator movie from '87 and although the '90 sequel wasn't up to snuff, it's still watchable. The Alien vs. Predator series is utterly unwatchable. Both entries were pure trash. 2010's Predators was decent, but by the end of the flick I hadn't learned anything new about the series' villains. Also, it was too predictable as to who would die and in what order. This cast looks great, with the exception being Olivia Munn. I have never dug one of her performances. Trevante
I love the first Predator movie from '87 and although the '90 sequel wasn't up to snuff, it's still watchable. The Alien vs. Predator series is utterly unwatchable. Both entries were pure trash. 2010's Predators was decent, but by the end of the flick I hadn't learned anything new about the series' villains. Also, it was too predictable as to who would die and in what order. This cast looks great, with the exception being Olivia Munn. I have never dug one of her performances. Trevante Rhodes shined in Moonlight. Keegan-Michael Key is a great funnyman actor. I haven't seen Boyd Holbrook nor Sterling K. Brown in much but word on the street is that Brown is top-notch in TV's This is Us and The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Director Shane Black could be a hit-or-miss component for this entry. The Nice Guys was overrated, Iron Man 3 was mediocre, and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was a riot.
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12:32PM on 02/20/2017

Well I know who I hope dies first.

Hint.
It's Munn.
And Shane Black would have a damn good reason to have a kid in this. So until I see something I'll hold judgement.
Please let Keegan be the lone survivor at the end tho, that would be amazing.
Hint.
It's Munn.
And Shane Black would have a damn good reason to have a kid in this. So until I see something I'll hold judgement.
Please let Keegan be the lone survivor at the end tho, that would be amazing.
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12:36PM on 02/20/2017
I know I'm rooting for him.
I know I'm rooting for him.
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12:15PM on 02/20/2017

Why the hell is a kid in this?

Unless you are James Cameron making Aliens, leave kids far away from the picture!! Has no one learned anything in the history of film? Adding a child to any established franchise kills it (Superman Returns, Zorro 2, The Mummy, etc...). Whether it is a kid of one of the previous characters, or a random kid on the street...it always jumps the shark. You would think Black learned something from Iron Man 3.... I really hope he changes my mind and proves me wrong, though.
Unless you are James Cameron making Aliens, leave kids far away from the picture!! Has no one learned anything in the history of film? Adding a child to any established franchise kills it (Superman Returns, Zorro 2, The Mummy, etc...). Whether it is a kid of one of the previous characters, or a random kid on the street...it always jumps the shark. You would think Black learned something from Iron Man 3.... I really hope he changes my mind and proves me wrong, though.
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12:35PM on 02/20/2017
For good or ill, that kid's got to be some kind of weapon to even justify being there. Or the one weakness of a tough character.
For good or ill, that kid's got to be some kind of weapon to even justify being there. Or the one weakness of a tough character.
12:02PM on 02/20/2017
In Shane Black I trust. Would love a more character driven Predator film this time around than just all entirely action and explosions.
In Shane Black I trust. Would love a more character driven Predator film this time around than just all entirely action and explosions.
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11:53AM on 02/20/2017
Whats wrong with this pic? Hint: its undersized and wears a yellow jacket.
Whats wrong with this pic? Hint: its undersized and wears a yellow jacket.
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12:06PM on 02/20/2017
And Olivia Munn is in this. I don't understand how the women keeps getting work.
And Olivia Munn is in this. I don't understand how the women keeps getting work.
11:23AM on 02/20/2017

Still waiting

for a good Predator movie since the first one.
for a good Predator movie since the first one.
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11:52AM on 02/20/2017
i will say that predators is pretty good.
i will say that predators is pretty good.
11:58AM on 02/20/2017
I'm in the minority who love Predator 2
I'm in the minority who love Predator 2
11:58AM on 02/20/2017
Yeah, I'm really surprised a lot more people didn't enjoy Predators.
Yeah, I'm really surprised a lot more people didn't enjoy Predators.
12:06PM on 02/20/2017
Ok well Predators I guess was the closest thing to a "good" one, but it's hard to watch Adrian Brody act like a badass.

Predator 2 was like guilty pleasure 80's cheese sequel, so I guess I can get behind that.
Ok well Predators I guess was the closest thing to a "good" one, but it's hard to watch Adrian Brody act like a badass.

Predator 2 was like guilty pleasure 80's cheese sequel, so I guess I can get behind that.
10:02AM on 02/20/2017

GEEZ YOU GOT A BIG PUSSY!

...geez you got a big pussy...
...geez you got a big pussy...
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9:47AM on 02/20/2017

i like pussies

and my predator movie R-Rated.
and my predator movie R-Rated.
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