Benicio Del Toro Drops Out of Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’

     October 11, 2016

If you need me for the rest of the day, I’ll just be sitting here, openly weeping. Last month, we learned that Sicario star and genre regular Benicio Del Toro was eyeing the lead role in Shane Black‘s The Predator. Well, it’s a sad day, my friends. Per THR, Del Toro has dropped out of negotiations with 20th Century Fox over scheduling issues. Insert sad emojis and desk-flipping gifs here.

The good news? The studio isn’t wasting any time in lining up a new lead and has set their sights on Narcos breakout Boyd Holbrook to star in the reboot of the beloved alien action franchise. Apparently, they’re dead-set on actors who have contributed to the cinematic legacy of Pablo Escobar. This deepens the actor’s relationship with Fox, for whom he has made three films. He previously starred in Gone Girl and Morgan, and is currently making a villainous turn for the studio in the final Wolverine film, Logan. The first look at his mysterious baddie was revealed earlier this week.

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The report states that Fox struggled with casting Del Toro in The Predator from the beginning, pushing the start date back to February to accommodate his other films, but couldn’t resolve the issues when the timing of his other film commitments shifted again. And while Holbrook doesn’t have Del Toro’s star power, the studio “is planning on beefing up the supporting cast.”

Black will direct The Predator from a script he’s collaborating on with Fred Dekker, no plot details are known at this time. The duo previously scripted The Monster Squad together. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — the producing trio behind the original — are on board to produce with an aim to begin filming next year.

The Predator is currently slated for a February 9, 2018 theatrical release.

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