Prey is coming out in a month’s time, the Predator prequel that dips into the history of how an intergalactic soldier ended up in the jungles of Central America. It also pairs the hunter against a new fighter, a Comanche warrior going against her tribe’s wishes to kill the threat. A shot shared via Empire gives us our first look at this film’s version of the Predator, a stripped-down look that works with the film’s timeframe centuries before the Arnold Schwarzenegger original.
Fans quickly pointed out the resemblances between this new Predator and the costume used earlier in the original production by Jean-Claude Van Damme. Van Damme was the original choice to portray the Predator on-screen, giving his acrobatic speed against Arnold’s rough and tumble brutality. Eventually, producers decided to give the alien a more terrifying physique, and actor Keven Peter Hall ended up under the mask against Dutch’s elite rescue team in the last film.
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It is a while new build and returns to the series’ roots, Prey pivots on a final conflict that promises to be as intense as the 80s original. The Predator hasn’t yet become acclimated to its surroundings, leaving it at a disadvantage compared to Comanche protagonist Naru. The film will undoubtedly also draw parallels to the rest of the franchise I’m sure it will be a great fifth film entry.