Though Arnold Schwarzenegger sadly won’t return to engage his old extraterrestrial nemesis in battle again in The Predator, director Shane Black has assembled an impressive cast of potential victims to take his place. The likes of Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Keegan Michael-Key (Keanu), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter) are already in the firing line, and now we can add one more to the list.
The movie has been shooting for a couple of weeks already, so we figured the cast was all filled out, but now Deadline reports that Jake Busey has signed on to join the fun. Though he’s never been a very prolific actor, Busey has had memorable turns in the likes of From Dusk Till Dawn (the series), The Frighteners, Starship Troopers and Identity.
No details on his role were provided, but he has made a career out of playing a bit of a bastard, so there’s a decent chance he’ll be a human antagonist here. Oh, and we must bring up the fact that Jake’s dad, Gary, played a villainous role in the lacklustre Predator 2, and was killed in a wonderfully gory manner by the titular alien hunter. Perhaps Jake is out for revenge?
Whichever type of character Busey ends up playing, he and the others will have to watch their spines when Black’s R-rated return to The Predator franchise slices its way into theaters on February 9th, 2018.