In October, it was announced that Adrien Brody is among the cast for "Predators". Recently, director Nimrod Antal sat down with Coming Soon to talk about the upcoming extraterrestrial thriller film as well as the reason in choosing the Academy Award-winning actor instead of a big guy like Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was the lead actor in the original movie series.
"I think when we cast Adrien, there were a lot of people going, 'What?' but at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or if we cast anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that," Nimrod claimed. "So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic."
"He plays a mercenary in the film and if you look at the guys in Iraq and Afghanistan today, they're not 'yolked-out' Schwarzenegger-looking guys," the helmer later explained about Adrien's character. "They're all very wiry and thin guys, and I think it's going to play well."
Though the cast will be different from the original ones, Nimrod has revealed the new "Predators" will maintain some parts of the original movies. "...we are trying to stay with the original as far as the monster and the atmosphere and the tone of the film, but we are trying to do something new and contemporary and feels fresh," the man behind "Vacancy" explained.
As for the possibility of seeing Arnold in the upcoming film, Nimrod refused to confirm or deny it and just coyly said, "Time will tell. We'll see..." However, he did confirm that the film is shot to be an R-rated movie.
Joining Adrien Brody in the cast ensemble are Danny Trejo, Alice Braga, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Walton Goggins, UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov, and Topher Grace. Produced by Robert Rodriguez along with Elizabeth Avellan, the 20th Century Fox's reboot of the sci-fi franchise targets a July 9, 2010 U.S. release. The story will follow a group of elite warrior-types who are being hunted by members of a race of merciless alien trackers called Predators.