Edward James Olmos Joins the Hunt for The Predator
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Edward James Olmos is the most recent actor to sign on for Shane Black‘s new film The Predator, aka Predator 4. Filming began February 20th in Vancouver and it’s currently slated for a February 9, 2018 release.
The cast currently includes Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Keegan-Michael Key (Supermansion), as well as Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck and the soon-to-be-released Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale), both of whom were announced last month.
The original 1987 film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a group of commandos (one of which was Shane Black, coincidentally) who are sent to Guatemala by the US government to rescue a group of politicians, who never seem able to stay out of trouble in films. The group finds themselves hunted by an alien that can disappear into its surroundings and hunts rare species, which includes humans, by reading their heat signature. The original obtained cult status and spawned two sequels, Predator 2 and Predators (an homage to the sequel to Alien), which didn’t receive the same love as the original, and two crossovers with the Alien franchise (AVP: Alien vs Predator and Aliens vs Predator: Requiem). Despite the extensive filmography on the creature that already exists, Black feels there’s more to explore in the mythology, apparently by letting this Predator hunt in a suburban setting.
So far Olmos is only confirmed as a military figure right now, which should come naturally after his stint as Commander William Adama in the Battlestar Galactica reboot from 2004 to 2009. He is just off filming for Blade Runner 2049, where he reprised his role as Gaff, and will be moving to the FX channel’s Sons of Anarchy spinoff, Mayans MC, which is expected to hit the air sometime later this year.
The 70 year old, multi-award winning actor has been in the business since the early 1970s, guesting on multiple big name television shows before making the jump to films in the early ’80s. With this kind of pedigree, and alongside Shane Black’s experience with the original film and multiple recent big box office action hits, the two should provide a perfect anchor for a relatively young cast of actors. So far it looks promising, and it should be one of the must-see films released next year.