Benicio Del Toro in talks for Predator role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 September 2016
Benicio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro is in negotiations to star as the lead character in the 'Predator' reboot, which will be directed by Shane Black

Benicio Del Toro is in talks to star in the 'Predator' reboot.

The 49-year-old actor is thought to be in negotiations for the lead role in the hotly-anticipated remake of the 1987 movie, according to Deadline.

While plot details remain thin on the ground, Shane Black is to direct the motion picture for 20th Century Fox after previously starring in the original.

He played Rick Hawkins, who was the first to die at the hands of the titular character.

Black recently revealed the main character's name in 'Predator' would be Quinn McKenna.

He said: "The hero of the film, the name I've given the guy, is Quinn McKenna. Quinn McKenna. Rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?"

The original movie starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as soldier Major Alan 'Dutch' Schaefer, who was hunted by an alien monster in the jungle along with his squad of commandos.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Del Toro has been wanted by the production team for months but there was an issue with his schedule.

However, that now appears to have been resolved and a February start date is being muted.

Joel Silver, John Davis and Lawrence Gordon will produce the movie.

Schwarzenegger starred alongside Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura in the original film, which was directed by John McTiernan.

It looks set to be a busy few years for Del Toro, who is to portray a villain in 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' in 2017.

Last year, he played Alejandro Gillick in 'Sicario' and has recently appeared in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 2013's 'Thor: The Dark World' as Taneleer Tivan/ The Collector.

The Predator

  • 2 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Shane Black
  • Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane
  • UK release: 13 September 2018

A Predator comes to Earth, pursued by others of his kind, and humans are caught in the middle. Black’s reboot of the franchise lacks his usual vim, there are too many set pieces with no time to engage, and there’s next to no tension. It’s neither visceral enough for the fans, nor engaging enough for the rest of us.

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