The just-announced casting of Robert Rodriguez's upcoming Predators prequel suggests a more girly-man approach to the material than 1987's original.
Consider: The cast is reportedly led by Oscar winner Adrien Brody (King Kong, The Pianist) and Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3). Testosterone will be provided in the form of Rodriguez regular Danny Trejo and The Shield's Walton Goggins. Alice Braga (I Am Legend), Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (The 4400) and Louiz Ozawa round out the multi-ethnic cast.
Compare that with the original cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke and Sonny Landham. That's a former weightlifter, a former wrestler, the guy who nearly knocked out Rocky Balboa and a former porn star (Landham) who was so dangerous the production reportedly hired a bodyguard ... not for him, but for the other cast members. (Not to mention that the cast features two future governors.)
Instead, we have a guy who ran from a giant gorilla and Peter Parker's whiny rival.
But we're reserving judgment. Rodriguez has shown he can deliver a kick-ass manly action film, and it's still early days.
Grace is reportedly in negotiations to play Edwin, an accountant who is in fact a dangerous serial killer.
Predators, to be directed by Hungarian filmmaker Nimrod Antal, is about to start shooting on location in Hawaii.
Here's how The Hollywood Reporter describes the movie:
Written by Rodriguez, Alex Litvak and Michael Finch, the script follows a group of elite warrior-types who are being hunted by members of a race of merciless alien trackers called Predators.
Brody is a man who ends up inheriting the mantle of leader and is known as a hunter of men. Grace would play an accountant-type whose unassuming facade masks a dangerous serial killer.
Braga is the tough female killer. Ali is a man not afraid to die, Goggins is the loose cannon of the group and Taktarov is a former Russian special ops agent.
Trejo, already cast, is Cuchillo, a hardened warrior with twin Uzis strapped to his back.