Thomas Jane Drops “Predator” Story Details

Filmmaker Shane Black’s upcoming “The Predator” has been described as an “unexpected and totally fresh” take on the franchise, an entry that serves as a sequel rather than a reboot but offers chance for newcomers to hop in with a story that seems to have a suburban setting.

Beyond the casting though, specifics of the plot have been kept under wraps. Today, actor Thomas Jane has shed further light on the backstory of the main characters in a Shadow Nation podcast interview. He confirms his character is one of a group of hospitalized war veterans who get dragged into the story:

“We play these veterans from like Afghanistan, Iraq war or whatever. But we’re all f—ing crazy so we go to the VA hospital to get our meds. We’re all like shellshocked, PTSD…soldiers.”

Things kick off when Boyd Holbrook’s character, another soldier, gets thrown into a hospital bus with them:

“He’s a guy they’ve actually marked to kill him because he’s seen a UFO, he’s seen the Predator ships come down so they lock him up and throw him in with us lunatics. They’re going to take that bus, drive it down to a ditch and shoot us all just to get rid of this one guy.

But, of course, we take the bus over and we’re all like ‘f— that man, let’s go kill these f—ing Predators ourselves’ and we’re just crazy enough to believe that this guy really did see a UFO and there’s these aliens out there.”

Trevante Rhodes, Alfie Allen, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Yvonne Strahovski, Jake Busey, Jacob Tremblay and Edward James Olmos co-star in the film which opens everywhere on August 3rd 2018.