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Shane Black has been hard at work up in Vancouver shooting his Predator reboot for several weeks now. But that hasn't stopped him from bringing further people into the fold for the hugely anticipated action effort. In fact, it has now been confirmed that Shane Black and the rest of the Predator cast will be joined by none other than Edward James Olmos on the film.
The Hollywood Reporter have confirmed that the acting luminary has been added to the film's already strong ensemble, while they've also revealed that Edward James Olmos will play a military character. Unfortunately, that's all we know regarding his inclusion at the moment.
Considering what we know about the other characters in The Predator, my prediction is that Edward James Olmos will either portray a military leader that constantly shouts down Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook)'s insistence that the Predators actually exist. Or it could be the complete opposite, and Edward James Olmos might be playing a military veteran that's previously seen a Predator, somehow survived, and offers Quinn McKenna some advice.
Most people will recognize Edward James Olmos from his role of Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica across all four seasons of the beloved sci-fi show. But his credits run much deeper that that, as he also appeared in Miami Vice and recently had a stint on Agents Of Shield. Edward James Olmos' most prominent big-screen credit was his role as Detective Gaff in Blade Runner, a part he'll be reprising in Denis Villeneuve's sequel Blade Runner 2049. Lest we forget, Edward James Olmos was also nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in Stand And Deliver, too.
Edward James Olmos is joining an already impressive cast for The Predator. Led by Boyd Holbrook, it also includes Olivia Munn as scientist Casey Bracket, Trevante Rhodes as Quinn's best friend Nebraska Williams, while the cast is rounded off by Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane, and Alfie Allen. You can check out a picture of the ensemble on set, and ready to mingle with the Predators, below.
The Predator is going to unfold in suburbia, with the above group trying to hunt down and kill the creatures that are reigning havoc in the heavily populated area. As well as directing, Shane Black has also co-written the script with Fred Dekker, who he previously worked with on the cult 1987 horror comedy The Monster Squad. We'll get to see if they can recreate the same magic, when The Predator is released into theaters on February 9, 2018.