In October came word that Benicio del Toro had departed Shane Black’s “The Predator” reboot. As a result, Boyd Holbrook came in to take his place and the script was apparently slightly retooled to make it more of an ensemble piece.
In the months since, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan Michael Key, Thomas Jane and Sterling K. Brown have all signed up for the production which begins shortly. It turns out though, at one time, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor turned down a key role in the film.
AVP Galaxy reports that appearing at the ‘An Experience With’ event in Manchester yesterday, McGregor was asked about turning down an offer to appear at WWE Wrestlemania. McGregor, famed for his braggadocio and zero shame about his greed, did some shorts for the Pegasus World Cup but has so far turned down other TV & film gigs. In the case of “The Predator,” it was a case of too little money and too much of a time commitment:
“I’ll tell you there’s a lot of offers that I’ve turned down. I got offered The Predator movie. There’s a new Predator movie coming out and the guys came to me, did you see that horse thing I’ve done, the horse racing? That was like three days’ solid work for a hell of a lot of money, for three days.
During that three day course, the people from Predator who are having this new Predator movie, a blockbuster… They came in and tried to sell the whole s–t. ‘We want you to be the main guy and you’re gonna fight Predator’ and I’m like ‘This sounds brilliant! How much?’ Not enough.
We went back and forth negotiating and the number climbed up but if I was to do it [it] would mean eight weeks in Canada, in Toronto or somewhere. It’s too long a time. You can’t do a million things at once. The Pegasus thing was one thing because it was like three days, in and out. But seven, eight weeks on a film set is heavy as f–k. Plus it would have crept in around when he (McGregor’s unborn child) was due. I didn’t want to get tricky with that so I turned down that offer.”
McGregor says he was offered the ‘main guy’ role, likely that of Holbrook’s character Quinn McKenna. Fox is currently targeting a February 9th 2018 release.