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Narcos’ Boyd Holbrook in Talks to Replace Del Toro in The Predator

Narcos’ Boyd Holbrook in talks to replace Del Toro in The Predator according to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter! Earlier in September it was announced that Benicio Del Toro was in talks to appear in The Predator as the character that anchored the ensemble cast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, those talks have fallen through and 20th Century Fox is now eyeing Narcos’ actor Boyd Holbrook to replace him!

“Del Toro has fallen out of negotiations with Fox to star in The Predator, the reboot of the alien action movie series that Shane Black is directing for the studio, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Details of the parting of ways were not revealed.

But Fox is not sitting idly and has already pinpointed its new lead: Boyd Holbrook, one of the stars of Netflix’s drug cartel series Narcos.

While Holbrook does not have the star power Del Toro has, Fox is planning on beefing up the supporting cast. And the rising actor does have plenty of love and support from the studio itself: He has appeared in three Fox movies in the last two years, the latest one being Logan, the X-Men spinoff in which he is the movie’s villain. (Gone Girl and Morgan are the other two.)”

Narcos' Boyd Holbrook in talks to replace Del Toro in The Predator! Narcos' Boyd Holbrook in Talks to Replace Del Toro in The Predator

Narcos’ Boyd Holbrook in talks to replace Del Toro in The Predator!

Boyd Holbrook has been acting since the late 2000s but his most prolific role is in the Netflix original Narcos where he plays Steve Murphy, a DEA agent. Holbrook will also be appearing in the final Wolverine film as the the antagonist.

The Hollywood Reporter also goes into a little detail about what issues Shane Black faced in casting Benicio Del Toro, citing that scheduling was a major issue:

“Casting Del Toro in Predator was a challenge from the beginning. The actor and the studio danced for months around this project, with one obstacle being Del Toro’s schedule (among the projects he was supposed to shoot was a sequel to Sicario). Fox even pushed back the start date to February in order to accommodate the actor. Sources say scheduling issues again became a problem when Del Toro’s other movies were rejigged.

Sharing The Hollywood Reporter link on Facebook, The Predator writer Fred Dekker teased that “more casting announcements to come soon!” Does this mean that The Predator’s shooting has been pulled back from Februrary to October (shooting was originally due to commence next Monday on the 17th)? That change was unclear in the first place.

Keep your browsers lock onto Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest on The Predator! Thanks to Gazz and Xenomorphosis for the news.



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  1. g2vd
    Because has-beens shouldn't be in this movie lol.
    Of couse Signorney Weaver and Michael Bein aren't has beens of couse not.

    Huh?!?! What're we referencing Alien 5 over?! Weaver isn't a has-been, Biehn is, and those two actors would be reprising their previous roles anyway.
    But he's a "Has Been" so by that logic...bye bye Drick.
  2. Corporal Hicks
    I started watching Narcos at the weekend. I'm 3 episodes in and enjoying it. But it's like Val said earlier, Holbrook isn't really the star of the show and isn't getting a lot of the screentime so far. I'm enjoying him though.
  3. Stealth_Hunter
    Lol. Gaining muscle is easy. The studio just throws a personal trainer at the actor. Muscles schmuscles.

    Who knows if this role will even call for muscles. What if he's an everyman like Roy from Close Encounters(a movie that's an influence on The Predator, per Dekker).
    I think we all know it didn't call for muscles, that was the point I made (You wouldnt look at any of them and think "That guy is an action hero").

    Also, I disagree about it being easy to gain muscle. Sure, many actors can put muscle on, but it's not easy and not all actors are capable of doing it, especially with such little time. Del Toro hasn't done it before as far as I can tell and there was 0 chance he was going to do it for this film.

    Perhaps you're right and this character is an "everyman" who winds up in the plot. I think my guess is much more likely, though, considering the nature of the film we are talking about (broader scale than a simple hunt) and the fact that the character will anchor an ensemble cast of dangerous people.
  4. BishopShouldGo
    Lol. Gaining muscle is easy. The studio just throws a personal trainer at the actor. Muscles schmuscles.

    Who knows if this role will even call for muscles. What if he's an everyman like Roy from Close Encounters(a movie that's an influence on The Predator, per Dekker).
  5. Stealth_Hunter
    They don't look like government agent types at all. I don't even know what that look is. Boyd and Benicio have played all types of roles. I think the cool thing about being an actor is like...the fact that you can like play varied kinds of roles.
    With respect, I didn't say "they only look like government agent types." I said they fit the look of a government agent type (evidence being Sicario [throughout the movie BDT is an operative working with Bolin's CIA character, only to be revealed later] and Narcos [Boyd=DEA agent] along with P2).

    If you don't think they fit that mold that's fine but how could you think that if you claim there is no look for it?

    I don't think Boyd or Benicio have played a role that called for them to have a significant amount of muscle mass. Point being if you're looking for an "Arnold" or "Dwayne Johnson" type for your action film, their names don't immediately come to mind.

    I'd also like to point out that when I implied the type of role I see Boyd playing, I meant in this film. I'm well aware that actors can play varied kinds of roles throughout their careers. However, assuming this plot isn't a simple hunt, I still stand by what I said about the main character being in a similar occupational position as Peter Keyes. They clearly weren't casting for a character who is an active Navy SEAL otherwise they'd never go for Del Toro in the first place.
  6. BishopShouldGo
    They don't look like government agent types at all. I don't even know what that look is. Boyd and Benicio have played all types of roles. I think the cool thing about being an actor is like...the fact that you can like play varied kinds of roles.
  7. Stealth_Hunter
    Judging from the fact Benicio was in talks and now they're looking to have Boyd take over, it seems pretty likely that they're going for a Peter Keyes type. Not an obvious physical threat when it comes to muscle but has to turn in a memorable performance. I'm sure all if not most of you have already had that thought...but looking at these pictures from the Logan trailer, I can see it working.

    I still hope a huge cast is announced to add some clout and get more audience attention.
  8. JennySparks
    Maybe they should get Sylvester Stallone just so we joke about Rambo/Rocky fighting Predator on big screen. After all Predator idea came after a joke about how Rocky should fight an Alien in his next movie.

    Also noticed all the Batman actors that have been mentioned except Michael Keaton, so maybe they should try approaching him. Val Kilmer was not good and George Clooney was Meh!
  9. HuDaFuK
    In a world where Idris Elba makes movies like Ghost Rider 2, The Gunman, No Good Deed, The Losers, and Takers at the height of his career, I refuse to believe it's difficult to get some quality big names attached to this.

    Not sure anyone's mentioned Elba yet, but now that you have, I'd love to see him in this.

    He's such a good actor, it winds me right up that he mostly seems to appear in bit-parts in mediocre films (Prometheus included, can't believe Scott cut his single best scene).
  10. Stealth_Hunter
    A stupid, overly hopeful part of me is still expecting Shane to make a major ensemble cast announcement out of nowhere just to blow everyone's mind with the well kept secret.

    However, that's an extremely optimistic longshot. They HAVE to get some people in this movie though, right?? So who is going to be in it?? Is there a chance that Shane has made next to zero progress on the cast?

    In a world where Idris Elba makes movies like Ghost Rider 2, The Gunman, No Good Deed, The Losers, and Takers at the height of his career, I refuse to believe it's difficult to get some quality big names attached to this.

    Granted, I'd rather see a good movie full of lesser-known talent than a bad movie full of A-listers, but it'd be nice to get excited about the cast right about now since they should be shooting already.
  11. BishopShouldGo
    Poor Predator. At least Alien is getting treated well. At least Alien has a director attached who's at the top of his game, riding high off THE MARTIAN. The cast could be better but, I don't doubt he got exactly what he wanted and could've gotten anybody he wanted; while I do love talking about Shane Black and how far removed in quality he is from the likes of Anderson and Antal, Ridley Scott in the same way is lightyears away from Shane Black.

    Alien: Covenant. From the director of Alien and The Martian. Box-office gold.
  12. greygoose
    The need for an A-lister was because the movie was announced as an event movie. It could possibly be a better movie with lesser actors excelling in their roles but there's no way it will be an event movie without one or two A-listers. It wouldn't surprise me to see Fox react by missing out on their top actors targets by downgrading the whole production and cutting the budget.
  13. Thomas H.
    And again with the asuming that the bigger names will bring quality. Plenty of big names (actors, directors, producers) have made shit films. Asuming this will be good simply because of big names is just that; and asumption.

    Imma wait and see when the credits role to see if the movie was good, no matter who was in it.
  14. lv_226
    Lol. Stop misinterpreting! I'm not saying an A-lister guarantees a quality movie. I'm just saying I want an A-lister, period. Because not since Arnie in the original have we had someone at the height of the career take part in this franchise. We've had known people take part when they were down for the count, if anything. Fishburne, Goggins and Grace all have had nice resurgences after Predators, for three examples. Taking part in major motion pictures. Man of Steel, Contagion, Interstellar, Hateful Eight, etc. Before that they had some momentum loss, or weren't known too well(Goggins).

    Shane is so far the only person of quality who's entered the franchise at a career apex. He could've just gone straight to Doc Savage with The Rock instead of Predator 6.

    Good points. We should want quality from this film, not merely "just another Predator film". Settling gets us shit like the AVP films, and to a lesser extent, Predators.
  15. BishopShouldGo
    Lol. Stop misinterpreting! I'm not saying an A-lister guarantees a quality movie. I'm just saying I want an A-lister, period. Because not since Arnie in the original have we had someone at the height of the career take part in this franchise. We've had known people take part when they were down for the count, if anything. Fishburne, Goggins and Grace all have had nice resurgences after Predators, for three examples. Taking part in major motion pictures. Man of Steel, Contagion, Interstellar, Hateful Eight, etc. Before that they had some momentum loss, or weren't known too well(Goggins).

    Shane is so far the only person of quality who's entered the franchise at a career apex. He could've just gone straight to Doc Savage with The Rock instead of Predator 6.
  16. HuDaFuK
    Which is SO bizarre! You don't want your little franchise to do well? To be validated by having esteemed, big names attached to it?

    As plenty of us have tried to tell you far too many times now, a big-name star does not in any way equal or guarantee a good final product.

    An A-lister isn't validation of anything. There are literally hundreds of movies with big-name stars that ended up being total crap.
  17. BishopShouldGo
    Expected? Yes it is. On the basis of everything the filmmakers have said thus far, yes it is.

    Wished for by a minority? Seemingly so, at least among the fanbase. Which is SO bizarre! You don't want your little franchise to do well? To be validated by having esteemed, big names attached to it? I want that. That'd be so surreal because the franchise has been B-movie-fied to death. Oh, and Shane wishes for it, too.

    Yeah and when they were a non-lister, they'd be in any movie. If Ben Affleck was a nobody, of course he'd fervently take part in this movie. It's like what Oprah said. "Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you."
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