A tidbit of interesting casting news for Robert Rodriguez’s reboot of Predators has just come down courtesy of Variety, and we’ve got all the details on this latest hunt.
“In a surprise development, Adrien Brody has been set by 20th Century Fox to play the heroic mercenary who battles alien hunters in Predators, a reboot of the Predator franchise that is being creatively spearheaded by Robert Rodriguez. Brody will star with Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Walt Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, and Louiz Ozawa.
Nimrod Antal is directing a film that is about to get underway on location in Hawaii and at Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas. Fox has set the film for release July 9, 2010.
Best known for his Oscar-winning turn in the Roman Polanski-directed The Pianist, Brody has an opportunity to reinvent himself as a flat out action hero, playing a character close to the one that Arnold Schwarzenegger portrayed in the 1987 original.
Brody and his Paradigm reps lobbied hard for the role. Fox has high hopes to spring a new franchise, and Brody has signed options to return for future installments, sources said.”
Wow. Add to that the news that Derick Mears, the hulking giant who played Jason Voorhees in the recent Friday the 13th reboot, has been tapped to play one of the Predators and Topher Grace, Venom/Eddie Brock from Spider Man 3 is also in talks for a role, and things have just gotten really interesting.
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