Benicio Del Toro will no longer be leading the fight against an elusive alien menace in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Predator” reboot. The actor has dropped out of negotiations to star in the film, and now the production company is eyeing Netflix's “Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there are no further details about Del Toro’s dropping out of the project. His presumed replacement, Holbrook, has history with Fox, though. In the past three years Holbrook has starred in three Fox films— “Logan,” “Gone Girl” and “Morgan.” Back in July, rumors pointed to James Franco starring in the film but have since died down.
“Predator” is a 1987 film directed by John McTiernan, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers, in which a team of American commandos in South America face an invisible alien menace that is hunting human soldiers indiscriminately. The movie has seen one direct sequel, several spinoffs under the “Alien vs. Predator” banner and a side story, “Predators,” that took the hunted humans off-world.
The “Predator” reboot is being directed by Shane Black, who played the role of Hawkins, a commando, in the original film. Del Toro has been tied to the film since the beginning, but issues with scheduling and fluctuating shoot dates led to complications. Del Toro is currently scheduled to shoot a sequel to the action film “Sicario.”
“Predator” is currently slated for release on February 9, 2018.