The Predator meets the Mega-Predator

If you’ve been watching the world cup or any other programming for that matter, you should have seen the news. The Predator is back! Shane Black takes the helm of the franchise which started from Arnold Shwarzenegger’s original classic Predator (1987). The Predator – the name of the latest iteration – will be the fourth feature in the saga and is set to take place thematically between Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010).

With its latest (and probably final trailer) finally making the rounds in promotion, let’s look at everything we’ll likely know before its release in September.

Boyd Holbrook, Action Star

The Predator series has enjoyed a pretty great legacy of action movie stars, with Arnold Schwarzenegger leading Predator (1987) and Danny Glover in Predator 2. Predators, meanwhile, employed the unlikely ensemble of Adrian Brody, Topher Grace and Alice Braga in 2004. Luckily it looks like The Predator will be an ensemble mix with the promise of Boyd Holbrook at least being the standout star of the group.

Penned by Shane Black

Shane Black may one day be crowned the Ultimate Action Movie Club unsung MVP for his countless contributions to the genre. After making his break by penning the UAMC classic Lethal Weapon in 1987, Black would go on to write several action movie hits like Lethal Weapon 2, The Last Action Hero and The Last Boy Scout. Also of note, he has a cult-appreciated role in the original Predator as Rich Hawkins, the team’s wise-cracking radio operator (and also the first on-screen victim).

Arnold versus the Mega-Predator

Perhaps the biggest let-down from the trailers (and seemingly confirmed by this last one), is that there is no great Arnold cameo to save the day. Which is a damn shame as the Mega-Predator teased in this latest trailer looks absolutely awesome. It’s too bad Arnold can’t have a run at him in full mud camouflage, but alas at least we get another Predator battle here end of summer.

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