Boyd Holbrook in Talks to Star in ‘Predator’ Reboot

Benicio Del Toro was initially mentioned for the role

Last Updated: October 11, 2016 @ 5:29 PM

“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.

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.