Oscar winning actor Benicio Del Toro is in talks over a lead role in the reboot of classic sci-fi action movie Predator.
Deadline has reported that the Sicario star is in early negotiations over a part in the Shane Black’s helmed blockbuster. Studio Fox want to start shooting the picture early next year with an eye on a February 9, 2018 release date.
Development on the highly-anticipated reboot has been bubbling along since 2014. Lethal Weapon creator Black, who starred in the original John McTiernan’s directed Predator (1987), will helm from a script penned by Fred Dekker who co-wrote The Monster Squad with the filmmaker.
The film will reportedly take place within the same cinematic universe as the first film, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger andits cult sequel Predator 2 (1990) starring Danny Glover.
Aside from two poor crossovers with the Alien franchise, the series has produced one other reboot, Predators (2010), starring
Adrien Brody which was a modest critical and commercial success.
The inclusion of Hollywood heavyweight del Toro would be a massive boost to Black’s film. The Traffic actor appeared as The Collector in the hugely successful Guardians of the Galaxy and is also set to star in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
The original 1987 Predator film is widely considered to be one of the best action movies of all time, grossing $98 million from a $18 million budget.
Director Black has previously hinted that Terminator star Schwarzenegger could reprise his role as Alan ‘Dutch’ Schaefer from the first film.
Stay tuned for more Predator reboot news.