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Boyd Holbrook in Talks to Star in ‘Predator’ Reboot

Benicio Del Toro was initially mentioned for the role

“Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook is in talks to star in Fox’s reboot of the 1987 sci-fi action flick “Predator,” TheWrap has learned.

Benicio Del Toro was reportedly circling the role, but his participation in the film was never confirmed. And as it turns out, it’s not going to happen after all, as Fox has decided to go with Holbrook, who will play antagonist Donald Pierce in the upcoming Fox X-Men movie, “Logan.”

Shane Black, who had a small role in the 1987 film, is directing the movie, which hasn’t released plot details yet. Fred Dekker wrote the script. Producing are John Davis, Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original film. “The Predator” is set to hit theaters on Feb. 9, 2018.


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The original “Predator” starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a special forces team tasked with rescuing hostages from guerilla-controlled territory in Central America, where they encounter the title character, an advanced and aggressive form of extraterrestrial life. Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura played fellow commandos, and Kevin Peter Hall played the Predator.

In addition to “Narcos,” Holbrook has acted in”The Skeleton Twins,” “Very Good Girls,” “Gone Girl,” “Hatfields & McCoys” and “The Free World. He is represented by CAA and Morris Yorn.

17 Best Scenes in Shane Black Movies, From 'Lethal Weapon' to 'Iron Man 3' (Videos)

This week sees the release of Shane Black's newest film, "The Nice Guys," starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a couple of private detectives who investigate a mystery and get into gun fights and say funny quips. You can see the trailer right here. And click through this gallery to watch some of the best scenes that Black has been responsible for in his three decades as a writer and director in Hollywood -- from his start on "Lethal Weapon" to when he really hit the big time at the helm of "Iron Man 3."
"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (2005) -- Gay Perry has a secret weapon in his pants, and you won't believe what he does with it!
"The Last Boy Scout" (1991) -- Joe just wants a cigarette, but Chet keeps teasing him. You shouldn't have done that, Chet.
"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (2005) -- Not many movie characters verbally acknowledge the end credits of the movie they're in, but Gay Perry isn't most movie characters.
"Iron Man 3" (2013) -- "Dads leave, there's no need to be a pussy about it." This is classic Shane Black, dodging sentiment oh-so deftly.
"Lethal Weapon" (1987) -- Riggs goes up on a roof to convince a suicidal guy not to jump off -- but then makes him jump off.
"Last Action Hero" (1993) -- At the end of this long sequence parodying '80s action movie cliches, we get what is perhaps the greatest one-liner in history.
"The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996) -- Samuel L. Jackson's Mitch meets Brian Cox's Dr. Waldman, who speaks only in obtuse one-liners.
"The Last Boy Scout" (1991) -- Joe and Jimmy are not impressed by the bad guy's use of big words in a tense situation.
"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (2005) -- Who taught Harry math? We never found out, and that's probably for the best since that person may have been accidentally responsible for a man's death.
"Last Action Hero" (1993) -- Something's rotten in the state of Denmark, and Hamlet (as interpreted by Arnold Schwarzenegger) is taking out the trash.
"The Monster Squad" (1987) -- Shane Black co-wrote a comedy about the Universal Monsters and we finally learn that, yes, the Wolfman really does have nards.
"Lethal Weapon" (1987) -- Riggs doesn't do Murtaugh any favors by playing into his anxiety over getting old at the gun range. The visual punchline here is worth a million words.
"Iron Man 3" (2013) -- No, kid, Tony Stark will not be your new dad. But, yes, it was worth a shot.
"Lethal Weapon" (1987) -- Riggs and Murtaugh meet for the first time, and Murtaugh utters one of the best known lines in movie history.
"Last Action Hero" (1993) -- There's always a guy hidden in the closet. Of course.
"Iron Man 3" (2013) -- This scene, in which we learn the Mandarin is really just an actor with a drug problem, pissed off a lot of nerds. But it's really just a total delight, with Ben Kingsley going all out.
"The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996) -- Samantha transforms into Charly, and teaches Mitch an important lesson about deflowering virgins.