One unexpected piece of news the other week was that Shane Black’s “The Predator” was going to make a major casting change – Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro’s busy scheduled demanded he leave the lead role in the blockbuster.
As a result, “Narcos” and “Logan” star Boyd Holbrook has come in to replace him. Speaking With CinemaBlend this week, Black has assured fans there’s nothing to worry about with the change and that his plans for the hero character Quinn Mackenna have remained the same.
One minor change? The fit and lean Holbrook is going to be hitting the weights hard before production:
“You know, at some point we might beef up Mr. Holbrook a little bit, give him a physical workout schedule. That’s what we all had to do on the first Predator! We had to become a slightly more exaggerated, beefy version of ourselves. It’s a shame — schedules just could not allow us to proceed in any way that met our start date that we insisted on with Benicio. But we do have this wonderful actor! That’s the good news.”
Unlike many other actors of his generation, Holbrook has eschewed the spotlight in favor of plenty of meatier acting roles and has earned plenty of kudos in the process. Black also reaffirmed that he won’t be alone with some exciting announcements about actors joining his squad in coming weeks:
“[Boyd Holbrook] is a guy who is fantastic, and we’re gonna beef up the rest of the cast, and make announcements very soon about the members of this team that we’re setting up. And it’s all people I really want, and want to work with. It’s going to be a very exciting cast.”
Pre-production is in full swing ahead of a February shoot in Vancouver.