By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)
Benicio Del Toro has dropped out of blockbuster reboot Predator, with studio Fox drafting in Narcos actor Boyd Holbrook as a replacement.
THR broke the news, which is a big blow for the Shane Black-directed movie considering Oscar winner Del Toro’s star power and considerable acting chops.
The reason behind the departure was the 49-year-old’s busy schedule, which includes a potential sequel to the critically acclaimed Denis Villeneuve-helmed crime drama Sicario (2015).
But Fox has high hopes for its new star Holbrook (Gone Girl) having also cast him as the villain in the upcoming Wolverine-standalone picture Logan (2017). After that X-Men spinoff, which once again stars Hugh Jackman in the lead, drops next year, Holbrook’s name will have gained some more pulling power. Producers are reportedly planning to beef up the supporting cast of the reboot – so expect some A-listers to feature alongside the 35-year-old lead.
Predator is a quasi-reboot of the 1987 John McTiernan-directed classic starring the iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger. That movie is quite simply one of the best, and most original, action movies ever made. Lethal Weapon creator Shane Black, who is helming the new film, was one of the supporting cast in McTiernan’s movie. Having himself forged a successful Hollywood career – first as a writer and now as a director – having recently steered Iron Man 3 and buddy cop comedy The Nice Guys.
In June, Black spoke to the Independent about his plans for the reboot.
He said: “Back in the original, there was a real sense of mystery, I thought. And discovery, when this thing came to Earth… We’re trying to up the stakes that way; just making it full of ideas and mystery.”
The Predator is scheduled to hit screens on February 9, 2018.