Nobody really knows what to expect from Shane Black’s Predator reboot.
The movies in the Predator series are hit and miss to say the least, and in all fairness, exactly the same can be said of Shane Black’s various forays into the world of filmmaking.
Putting the two together could lead to a relatively decent movie, or it could be an utter, total flop the kinds of which haven’t been seen in decades.
Smart money is on the second of these two outcomes, if only because, as moviegoers are often painfully reminded, making an enjoyable movie is actually really, really hard.
Nevertheless, Shane Black is giving this his best effort, and he should be commended for trying. Despite a bunch of setbacks (not least the inability to hold onto key actors), Black has finally gathered all of his key cast members in a room to take a photo.
At least two people in the photo even look vaguely pleased to be there, but it’s up to you to decide which ones are trying to act tough, and which ones are expressing genuine fear that if they make a break for the door, Black’s security team will beat them into a fine pulp. Black’s not letting any other key actors weasel their way out of this.
Partial cast... beautiful human beings, good people. Also, killers. Cameras roll today. Follow me on Twitter for updates. Wish us luck. pic.twitter.com/vYGgGesW0Y— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) February 20, 2017
If you’ve been following the development of this Predator movie with any degree of interest, then looking at the core cast of characters, you may be wondering one important question:
Who exactly was Benicio Del Toro supposed to play?
After all, Del Toro was at one point the central linchpin of this entire movie. Shane Black even delayed filming in the hopes of fitting the project around Benny’s other movie commitments, to no avail. Ultimately, the iconic movie star felt that he’d be better off making a small cameo in Infinity War than taking a chance on Black’s latest attempt at action film relevancy.
So somebody in this lineup of drab, generic soldier types was originally meant to be Ben Del Toro. The question is, which one?
Personally, I think he was meant to play the little kid, a role which has now gone to Jacob Tremblay.
Have a look at that bright yellow hoodie and tell me you can’t imagine Del Toro wearing that while waist deep in jungle mud, as loudmouth soldiers attempt desperately to defend against an unseen alien foe.
The only other possibility is that Del Toro was meant to play The Predator. After all, that’s the only other notable character that’s conspicuously absent from this photo.
Or is he? Invisibility is fun.