The long-developing reboot of Predator that’s been in the works for a few years may be getting closer to finding its star, with a new report suggesting that Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro could headline the sci-fi/action film.
Envisioned as a mix between a sequel and reboot of the franchise, the film is expected to begin shooting in early 2017, with studio 20th Century Fox targeting a release date of February 9, 2018. Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys director Shane Black is attached to direct it from a script penned by The Monster Squad and RoboCop 3 screenwriter Fred Dekker (who co-wrote The Monster Squad with Black).
De Toro’s potential involvement with Predator was first reported by Deadline, and the outlet indicates that the actor is currently in early talks for the unidentified role in the film.
First announced in 2014, Black’s reboot of the Predator franchise is expected to coexist with the first two films in the franchise — 1987’s Predator and 1990’s Predator 2 — but it’s unknown whether it will acknowledge any of the other films featuring the iconic alien hunter. Along with those first two films, the franchise also included a pair of crossovers with the Alien franchise (2004’s Alien vs. Predator and 2007’s Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem), as well as the 2010 spinoff Predators, which was also intended as a reboot of the franchise.
If the report proves true, Predator will be one of several recent and upcoming sci-fi films to feature Del Toro. The actor appeared in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the enigmatic character The Collector, and is also attached to a role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Recently, Black raised the possibility of Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role from the original Predator for the reboot, although he didn’t confirm anything specific. A promotional image for the film was released in February.