In a surprise development, Adrien Brody has been set by 20th Century
Fox to play the heroic mercenary who battles alien hunters in
“Predators,” a reboot of the “Predator” franchise that is being
creatively spearheaded by Robert Rodriguez.
Brody will star with Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Walt Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, and Louiz Ozawa.
Brody and his
Paradigm reps lobbied hard for the role. Fox has high hopes to spring a
new franchise, and Brody has signed options to return for future
installments, sources said.
Really? Adrien Brody? Now, I think he’s a good actor, but I thought there was some kind of rule that you’re not allowed to star in any franchise that once starred Arnold Schwarzenegger if you’ve ever been in a film called The Pianist. If you check out the Variety story, there’s a pic of Brody with a beard and shaved head, which is a good start, but hardly quells my concerns (although, admittedly, I didn’t just have to look through pages and pages of pictures of Adrien Brody looking totally intimidating). Still, I guess it’s better to have someone who can act versus some bodybuilder who can’t. Probably.
More troubling — /Film says that Topher Grace might also be getting a role. Again, good actor — don’t let That ’70s Show fool you — but action star? No. If it weren’t for Danny Trejo having already been cast, I’d think they were trying to make a Predators Vs. Skinny White Boys. Hell, go ahead and throw Ashton Kutcher and Jesse Eisenberg in there, too. Why not?