“Prey,” which is set in the “Predator” universe — with an Indigenous woman as its lead — will stream on Hulu in the United States and on Star internationally in summer 2022.
Reports about the existence of a “Predator” reboot were out there, but its first look, title and the timing of its release were officially announced on Friday as part of its Disney Plus Day promotional event. “Prey” is one of a slate of films from 20th Century Studios.
“Prey” is directed by Dan Trachtenberg of “10 Cloverfield Lane” fame. Its official logline is: “Set in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, the action-thriller follows Naru, the skilled warrior who fiercely protects her tribe against a highly evolved alien predator.”
The Indigenous actor Amber Midthunder (“Legion”) plays Naru, who according to Disney, wants to “prove her worth as a warrior,” and “certainly gets her chance when she comes face to face with the most dangerous hunter of all, the other-worldly predator.”
It’s not clear whether “Prey” will be released in theaters. The “Predator” franchise began in 1987 with Arnold Schwarzenegger toplining the original title. Five more have been released, most recently 2018’s “The Predator” directed by Shane Black.
There were three other 2022 films announced Friday in the Hulu/Star cohort. “Rosaline,” a new take on “Romeo and Juliet,” is from the perspective of the character from the play who is discussed, but never appears: Juliet’s cousin Rosaline, with whom Romeo is in love. Kaitlyn Dever stars, and Karen Maine directs. “The Princess” is, according to Disney, an “irreverent action movie set in a fairy tale world,” and further described as “Sleeping Beauty meets John Wick.” Joey King stars, and Le-Van Kiet directs.
Besides the summer release of “Prey,” only “No Exit” had specific timing announced on Friday: spring 2022. It stars Havana Rose Liu in what is characterized as a “harrowing suspense-thriller” in which the lead character is “stranded by a blizzard and forced to find shelter at a highway rest area with a group of strangers.” “No Exit” is based on the 2019 novel by Taylor Adams of the same name.
(Pictured: “The Predator”)
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