Last year we learned that Disney was looking to move forward on one of their newly acquired Fox franchises, Predator, with a fifth movie led by 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg. And now we may have news on the first cast member, although I would say this is more of a rumor than anything else.
Coming out of Discussing Film and something called The Ronin (?) is a story claiming Predator 5 will star Legion actress Amber Midthunder in the lead role. Midthunder, who is Native American and can be seen in the upcoming Liam Neeson film The Ice Road, would be playing “Kee, a Comanche woman who “goes against gender norms and traditions to become a warrior.”
That description of Kee comes from a casting call sheet leaked a few months ago. The story would focus on Native Americans before American settlers took over the territories, making this a vastly different era and locale than we’ve seen in previous Predator films, but would also make sense.
We’ll see if this pans out or not, but I do like the sound of it. The Predator franchise has hit some speed bumps since the 1987 classic with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Danny Glover-led sequel was a completely different thing and it took some getting used to, but has really grown on me. Nimroad Antal’s Predators is vastly underrated in my book, and Shane Black’s The Predator is a good, if flawed effort that probably deserves a rewatch.