50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson, rapper turned actor has been going around to radio stations to state he might have a role in Shane Black’s The Predator.
Curtis spoke to Shade 45 and 99 Jamz UnCensored about doing more films this summer via Bloody Disgusting.
“I’ll be doing some new feature films and stuff like that too. I’ll do Predator.”
“I’m working on some new projects. You heard of the movie Predator? I might be a part of that project this summer.”
Shane Black is apparently meeting with Arnold Schwarznegger about the actor reprising the role of Dutch in film. Multiple sequel incarnations beforehand had Dutch as a central or supporting character in unused scripts, his participation in Predator 2 and Predators was also nixed last minute.
Jackson and Schwarznegger have previously worked together in the film Escape Plan alongside Sly Stalllone, it’s not entirely hard to see him joining a project like this.
There’s a connection to another Shane Black alumni. 50 Cent has worked with Val Kilmer on a bunch of films as well. Kilmer being the secondary lead in Black’s breakout directorial debut and critical hit Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. This could be reason that Shane is aware of Jackson’s onscreen work.
A running theme within most of Black’s scripts tend to be two leads paired-up in a “buddy cop” dynamic. We saw this specifically become a white and black buddy-up in the films Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout and Iron Man 3, something the screenwriter is known for.
Shane might want another black actor to be a main lead of the film, not unlike Danny Glover in Predator 2 as Harrigan or Carl Weathers‘ Dillion in the original film.
Fox and Black are attempting to make this next Predator installment an “event film” and are willing to spend the kind of money they do with the Alien films. They’ve also teased a larger scale/scope to the fourth installment than we’ve seen previously.
I’m not opposed to casting Jackson in the film, it just seems a bit odd that other more high profiled actors wouldn’t be considered, like we’ve seen with the casting of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant.
If Bill Paxton can been in both Aliens and Predator 2, why can’t Idris Elba tackle both franchises?
I’d much rather see Fox consider Arnold’s charismatic Expendables co-star Terry Crews for the main lead of this film. Crews already has a strong connection with Fox starring on their hit comedy series Brooklyn 99 and you know could really knockout that Shane Black dialog. He’s also an underutilized potential action star relegated to supporting parts and deserves a project like this.
The Predator hasn’t been given a production start but will be released on March 2nd, 2018.
SOURCE: BLOODY DISGUSTING