Adrien Brody to Star in Robert Rodriguez' Predators Reboot!
by Alex Billington
October 6, 2009
Instead of bringing on an Austrian body builder, producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal have decided to bring on Oscar winning actor Adrien Brody to star in their Predators reboot. The news comes straight from THR's Heat Vision blog, where they also report that Alice Braga (I Am Legend), Mahershalalhashbaz Ali ("The 4400"), Walt Goggins ("The Shield"), UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov, and Danny Trejo (confirming the rumors) have all been cast in Predators as well. Shooting will take place in Hawaii starting later this year. Rodriguez will also be overseeing the project at his Troublemaker Studios in Austin.
Written by Rodriguez, Alex Litvak and Michael Finch, the script follows a group of elite warrior-types who are being hunted by members (notice the plural?) of a race of merciless alien trackers called Predators. Brody ends up inheriting "the mantle of leader", while Braga will play the tough female killer. Ali plays a "man not afraid to die", Goggins is the loose canon of the group and Taktarov is a former Russian special ops agent. Trejo will play Cuchillo, a hardened warrior with twin uzis strapped to his back. Sounds like Antal and Rodriguez have rounded up a badass cast. This reboot seems to be headed in the right direction so far.
The more I hear about Predators, the more confident I am that it won't get screwed up, even though it is a Fox production. Apparently the studio is letting Rodriguez make this without their involvement, which is a very smart move. I love Brody, but haven't thought of him as an action star yet. Maybe this will change my mind. I'm sure we'll see soon enough! Fox has set a July 9th, 2010 release date for Predators. Thoughts?
Update: Apparently former "That 70's Show" actor Topher Grace is also "in negotiations" to join the cast as an accountant-type whose unassuming facade masks a dangerous serial killer. Heat Vision updated their article on the casting news a few minutes after I had first written about it adding that bit about Topher Grace. It looks like that gig playing Venom in Spider-Man 3 may have gotten him another action job. Let's hope all of these actors can pull off a great movie, because I want Predators to be a highlight next summer.