20th Century Fox showed off the first footage from Shane Black’s “The Predator” at CinemaCon this morning, and at the same time released the first plot synopsis.
Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Edward James-Olmos, Trevante Rhodes, Augusto Aguilera, Alfie Allen, and Yvonne Strahovski star in the film in which the lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than before having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species.
When a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race. Several reactions from people present indicate the footage went over very well with Olivia Munn making a big impression as a gun-toting scientist.
At one point Brown’s character asks: “You’re pretty handy with a gun, where’d you learn?” to which Munn responds: “America.” There’s also ” Weyland-Yutani-like corporate-science shenanigans” says one, along with multiple scenes of soldiers battling numerous predators. So why the singular title? Black says that will be referenced and explained in the film.
Separately, Lionsgate has released a synopsis “John Wick: Chapter 3” which follows on directly from the cliffhanger ending of the sequel:
“John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s ‘excommunicado’ – membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.”
Common, Laurence Fishburne, and Ruby Rose are expected to reprise their roles in the sequel with Hiroyuki Sanada playing the villain. The world of “John Wick” will also be expanded with the Starz TV series “The Continental” and a spin-off film titled “Ballerina” which follows a child assassin in the same world.
“The Predator” opens September 14th, “John Wick: Chapter 3” arrives May 17th.