20th Century Fox today revealed that female Predators will appear in director Shane Black’s upcoming movie The Predator. The news was revealed today via clips screened exclusively at the 20th Century Fox: The Predator panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego.
According to live coverage of the panel by CBR, one of the clips screened featured Olivia Munn’s character, Dr. Casey Bracket, about to be attacked by a female Predator in sleek, technical armor, when a larger Predator attacks another one of the aliens, distracting the female Predator. The larger predator is a “Mega Predator,” the result of genetic tampering within the alien society.
The introduction of a female Predator to the film franchise is a first, though the novelizations and comics have explored gender dynamics between the alien big game hunters before. The novel Alien vs. Predator: Prey established that female Predators are considered equals in the alien society and that they can best their male counterparts in combat when necessary.
Aliens vs. Predator: Deadliest of the Species introduced Big Mama, a female Predator who is frequently depicted as nearly visually indistinguishable from male Predators.
Debuting in theaters on Sept. 14, The Predator is directed by Shane Black and stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane and Alfie Allen.