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Both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are unleashing a serious amount of news about the upcoming Robert Rodriguez-produced Predators film, which is set to start shooting here in Austin and in Hawaii in the very near future.

According to reports, the film will be headlined by Oscar-winning actor Adrian Brody (The Pianist). He will play Royce, a mercenary who ends up inheriting the mantle of leader and is known as a hunter of men. Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3) is also in talks to star in the film, according to THR’s Heat Vision blog. Grace would play an accountant-type whose unassuming facade masks a dangerous serial killer.

The rest of the cast will include Danny Trejo and Walton Goggins from “The Shield” as well as Alice Braga (I Am Legend), Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (“The 4400″), and Louiz Ozawa. Braga is the tough female killer. Ali is a man not afraid to die, Goggins is the loose canon of the group and Taktarov is a former Russian special ops agent. Trejo, who was cast a while back, is Cuchillo, a hardened warrior with twin uzis strapped to his back.

The Nimrod Antal (Vacancy, Armored) directed film will follow this group of elite human warriors as they are hunted by members of the merciless alien predator race. And from where I’m sitting, it all sounds like a lot of fun. Even if it all does fit into the classic “rag-tag group of warriors” cliché and almost directly mirror the original Predator storyline. I like the cast, as it has a very interesting amount of range from the Oscar-winning Brody to the generally hipster comedic presence of Grace to the consummate badass in Danny Trejo. But I’m reserving further judgment for when we finally see what the new “Predators” look like. Will they stick close to the original designs or will we see something new and different? That’s what I’m waiting for.

What do you think of the cast being assembled for Predators?


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