We’re thinking we’re in pretty damn good hands with director Shane Black (The Nice Guys) at the helm of next year’s The Predator, which is almost guaranteed to be an incredibly entertaining way to (hopefully) bring the franchise back proper. Based on everything we’re hearing so far, we couldn’t possibly be more on board.
Speaking with Cinema Blend this week, star Edward James Olmos revealed some more plot details, while teasing what he promises to be a wild and wacky ride.
“I haven’t seen any of it, but it’s gonna be funny,” Olmos told the site. “The kids in the thing. Yeah, the humor. Huge. Huge. I mean I was in shock, because, you know this is a really intense franchise, and it still is. Don’t get me wrong. You’re gonna be inside of it. But the characters are… what he did — Shane is an incredibly gifted writer, and he’s a great director, and so he ended up getting an incredible ensemble, and when I reached it they had already been filming for three months so they were a unit. So I jump in as the General and there were some moments where I just had to laugh in the scene and I couldn’t be laughing in the scene. ‘I’m sorry guys. Really, I’m sorry.’”
Olmos continued, “Keegan (Michael Key) and Thomas Jane… they’re paired off in groups of three groups. Six guys. The way they work, they were all post-traumatic stress disorder guys who were inside of an insane asylum. A mental hospital. Then they put the lead character in there to kind of make them disappear, because they want them kind of out of the picture. And so he gets involved and then boom, the world goes crazy and these kids are released. But out of a freaky incident with some of the Predators. It’s crazy. It’s so crazy. I’m excited for it, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I got a good feeling about it. I mean if it’s really funny, and yet deadly like Predator is.”
Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Augusto Aguilera, Alfie Allen and Yvonne Strahovski also star.
Jake Busey is playing the son of Gary Busey’s Predator 2 character.
The Predator arrives in theaters August 3, 2018.