Shane Black's upcoming The Predator is among the most anticipated sci-fi films of 2018, even though we don't really know all that much about it. We know we'll see multipled Predators in the film, and that soldiers will be hunting them through suburbia rather than a jungle somewhere.
We know a bit of backstory and a bit about the character relationships, and that's basically where it stops. We'll no doubt know more when the film drops its first trailer, but for now co-star Thomas Jane is helping to fill us in.
Jane, best known for film roles like The Punisher and TV hits like The Expanse, spoke to Shadow Nation recently about the film, and revealed some intense new plot details. Most of what he said feels like set-up, but it's still very intriguing.
"We play these veterans from like Afghanistan, Iraq war or whatever,” he said. “But we’re all f*cking crazy so we go to the VA hospital to get our meds. We’re all like shellshocked, PTSD… soldiers. We’re at the VA hospital and we’re in group therapy and of course, somebody flips out…this is backstory, I don’t think we really see this…somebody flips out and we all get arrested and get thrown onto the bus to go down to the hospital and they throw this other guy on the bus too. And he’s a guy they’ve actually marked to kill him because he’s seen a UFO, he’s seen the Predator ships come down so they lock him up and throw him in with us lunatics. They’re going to take that bus, drive it down to a ditch and shoot us all just to get rid of this one guy. But, of course, we take the bus over and we’re all like ‘f*ck that man, let’s go kill these f*cking Predators ourselves’ and we’re just crazy enough to believe that this guy really did see a UFO and there’s these aliens out there."
The guy who's been marked for death seems to be Quinn, played by Boyd Holbrook. This also explains why some behind-the-scenes snapshots from the film show several of the characters hanging out on a bus. Interestingly, the PTSD subplot of the film is something that comes up a lot in Shane Black-scripted movies, from the character of Detective Riggs in Lethal Weapon to the character of Tony Stark in Iron Man 3. It'll be interesting to see how it's applied this time around.
In addition to Jane and Holbrook, The Predator will also star Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Edward James Olmos, Sterling K. Brown, Yvonne Strahovski, and Jacob Tremblay. It hits theaters August 3, 2018.