The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro has exited talks to lead Shane Black’s The Predator. The newest name now in talks for Quinn McKenna is Narcos and Gone Girl star Boyd Holbrook.
Del Toro has fallen out of negotiations with Fox to star in The Predator, the reboot of the alien action movie series that Shane Black is directing for 20th Century Fox, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Details of the parting of ways were not revealed. But Fox is not sitting idly and has already pinpointed its new lead: Boyd Holbrook, one of the stars of Netflix’s crime series Narcos.
While Holbrook does not have the star power Del Toro has, Fox is planning on beefing up the supporting cast. And the rising actor does have plenty of love and support from the studio itself: he has appeared in three Fox movies in the last two years, the latest one being Logan, the X-Men spin-off in which he is the movie’s villain. (Gone Girl and Morgan are the other two.)
Boyd will be playing one of the main villains in the final Wolverine film Logan, as Donald Pierce. Fox obviously sees something special with Holbrook and they need to find someone soon, so production can begin in Vancouver.
The Predator is set for release on February 9th, 2018.