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‘The Predator’ Debuts at CinemaCon: Shane Black Introduces Genetically-Modified Aliens and Badass Footage

Shane Black directs Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, and Trevante Rhodes in the fourth installment of the "Predator" franchise.

"The Predator"

“The Predator”

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox has being keeping Shane Black’s “The Predator” under lock and key. For a studio tentpole and franchise sequel that’s set for release in almost four months, it’s a bit unusual and extremely enticing that the studio has yet to make any footage or movie stills available to the public. Fortunately, Fox pulled back the curtain on “The Predator” during its CinemaCon presentation.

“The Predator” is set in between 1990’s “Predator 2” and 2010’s “Predators.” The alien creatures have managed to upgrade themselves with the DNA from other species, making them stronger, smarter, and deadlier than predators we’ve seen before. The story kicks in when a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) accidentally triggers the predators return to Earth. A ragtag crew of soldiers and scientists, played by Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, and Trevante Rhodes, are tasked with saving the human race.

The presentation included the first trailer for the film, which press called “badass” and full of “blood and guns.” The footage begins with Tremblay’s young boy on Halloween playing with a toy box that has a toy alien ship inside of it. It turns out the toy is controlling a real alien spaceship, similar to the way Anne Hathaway controlled a monster in “Colossal.” The vessel ends up crash landing on Earth and releasing tons of Predators.

The trailer cuts to an interrogation room featuring Boyd Holbrook, who is playing a military sniper. It turns out Holbrook is the father of the boy we saw earlier. Footage of soldiers battling Predators and a Predator violently holding one by the neck cut through Holbrook’s integration narration. Olivia Munn’s scientist makes a big impression during the trailer. Her character is seen expertly handling a gun. When Sterling K. Brown’s character asks, “You’re pretty handy with a gun, where’d you learn?” Munn replies: “America.”

“The Predator” opens nationwide September 14. Check out first reactions to the footage below.

Additional reporting by Jenna Marotta.

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