“Moonlight” star Trevante Rhodes will appear opposite Boyd Holbrook in director Shane Black’s “The Predator.”
A sequel to the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action film, “The Predator” has been described by Black (“Iron Man 3”) as a reinvention of the franchise.
Although plot details are closely guarded, Variety reports Rhodes will play the best friend of Holbrook’s character. An actor and model known for his roles in “Gone Girl,” “Hatfields & McCoys” and “Narcos,” Holbrook replaced Benicio Del Toro as the lead in October.
Rhodes, who broke out in the critically acclaimed “Moonlight,” has a busy schedule, as he’s set to star in Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song,” as well as in “Horse Soldiers” alongside Chris Hemsworth and Michael Pena.
Black, who played Hawkins in 1987’s “Predator,” has said he aims to restore a “sense of mystery” to the franchise with this sequel, which he wrote with his “Monster Squad” collaborator Fred Dekker.
“The worst thing you could hope for in one of these is a shot in bright sunlight of a field and the Predator just kind of walks on and ‘hello’ – you want to do … I keep going back to Ridley Scott, the way he captured the alien in that first movie,” Black said in June. “The sense of mystery and portent. If we could just cut into a little piece of that – that sort of vibe – and then I think there’s humor to be had too. And tonal shifting.”
Fox’s “The Predator” is set to open Feb. 9, 2018.
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