In the realm of action/horror blends, few films manage to be as outright awesome as John McTiernan’s 1987 classic Predator. Featuring legendary cinematic badass Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role, and introducing one of the coolest monsters in movie history in Stan Winston’s titular creation, Predator remains just as beloved today as it was nearly 30 years ago.
Naturally, horror fans the world over are excited about Shane Black’s upcoming reboot of the franchise, entitled simply The Predator. In addition to being the celebrated director behind such films as Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, Black also has a historical tie to the Predator series, having played one of Arnold’s ill-fated team members in the original film. Adding to The Predator’s genre cred is that it’s being written by Fred Dekker, writer/director of 80’s gems like The Monster Squad and Night of The Creeps. Dekker and Black have a long history, having co-penned the aforementioned Squad.
A-lister Benicio Del Toro was originally in talks to play the lead in The Predator, but those plans eventually fell through, with Narcos star Boyd Holbrook taking his place as a special forces commando out to take down the titular creature. As first reported by THR, the latest name to join the cast of Black’s reboot is former G4 host and model turned actress Olivia Munn.
In addition to a well-received run on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama The Newsroom, Munn’s stock has recently increased via the role of Psylocke in superhero blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse. Sadly, plot details on The Predator are still basically nonexistent, although Munn will be playing a scientist opposite Holbrook’s commando. Rumors briefly suggested that the reboot would drop the action into the suburbs, but director Black has since debunked those reports.