Sterling K. Brown Promises 'The Predator' Will be Wicked Funny

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - 8:59PM
The Predator
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - 8:59PM
Sterling K. Brown Promises 'The Predator' Will be Wicked Funny
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The original Predator movie in 1987 is famous for many things, violence and Schwarzenegger among them, but it was never famous for its sense of humor. Interestingly, that doesn't seem to be the case with the upcoming reboot, The Predator.

The Predator star Sterling K. Brown is saying this could easily be the wittiest Predator film to date. Brown has done it all lately, winning an Emmy for his role in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, receiving rave reviews for his part in This Is Us, and working on Marvel's Black Panther. He recently sat down with EW to discuss the upcoming sci-fi/monster movie:

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"Shane has his whole take on it and it's very different than the original Predator. It's got a really wicked sense of humor to it, which I love about it. And it's got a real camaraderie amongst the main characters that I think folks will be attracted to. That's pretty much all I can say."
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We're not expecting The Predator to be a knee-slapping reimagining of the original horror film, but the news isn't that surprising given the cast. Brown will be starring alongside comedian Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Thomas Jane (The Punisher), and Oscar-nominated child star Jacob Tremblay (Room). In particular, Key's casting makes more sense now that they're allowing him to flex his comedic muscles.

The Predator is a reboot of the franchise about a race of human-hunting aliens. The first film came out back in 1987, with the others following in 1990 and 2010. No need to watch the others to prepare, however, Brown says the new adaptation will be entirely different. Beyond the alien's return, the only known connection to the original film is that its director Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3) acted in the first movie.




The role is a dream come true for Brown, who was only eleven years old when the first film came out:
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"I'm a huge fan of Predator and, of course, everybody loves Jesse the Body [Ventura] and Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and Carl Weathers and Bill Duke. My friends at Stanford used to tease me - being the dark-skinned African-American man that I am - they'd say, 'Yo, man, you're going to start getting all [those] Bill Duke roles when you get older.' And I was like, 'I don't look anything like Bill Duke, you guys can kiss my ass.' So then I booked this movie and I told them and they're like, 'Dude, do you even realize that you're now Bill Duke???' And I had to go tell them to kiss my ass all over again."
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The Predator will be creeping into theaters sometime in 2018. 

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