20th Century Studios has just dropped the highly-anticipated (blink and you’ll miss it) teaser for the forthcoming action-thriller Prey, the newest entry in the “Predator” franchise.
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg (“The Boys,” “10 Cloverfield Lane”), from an original script written by Patrick Aison (“Jack Ryan,” “Treadstone”), Prey will serve up an origin story, taking place three centuries ago in the Comanche Nation.
The film centers on a young woman named Naru, a brave and highly skilled warrior. Having grown up under the wing of some of the most legendary hunters that prowl the Great Plains, when an unknown enemy threatens their camp, her fighting instinct kicks in so as to save her people. The creature she finally comes face to face with proves to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, culminating in a savage and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.
The filmmakers set out to produce a film that would paint an authentic and accurate picture of the Comanche, bringing a level of authenticity that rings true to its Indigenous peoples. Producer Jhane Myers (“Monsters of God”), an acclaimed filmmaker, Sundance Fellow and member of the Comanche nation herself is known for her attention and dedication to films surrounding the Comanche and Blackfeet nations and her passion for honoring the legacies of the Native communities. Accordingly, almost the entire cast is made up of Native and First Nation’s talent, including Amber Midthunder (The Ice Road, “Roswell, New Mexico”), newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp (“Sooyii”), Michelle Thrush (The Journey Home), Julian Black Antelope (Triba).
Commenting on what will be a very different approach to the Predator franchise we are used to, co-producer John Davis said, “I feel like we kind of never got back there again [the original 1987 film]. We ended up in different places. I think this is a worthy complement to the first one. It’s going to be as good.”
This will be the fifth entry in the Predator franchise (if we don’t count the Alien vs. Predator spin-off films) and it has also been reported that it will not have any connection to The Predator (2018), the previous film that was co-written and directed by original Predator (1987) cast member Shane Black. (Talking of which, we spoke to one of the stars of The Predator just last week, Thomas Jane, here).
Prey will stream August 5, 2022, exclusively on Hulu, and in the meantime, stop pushing pencils, buckle up and enjoy the first look at Naru witnessing the wildlife coming to life before her very eyes.