If you’re wondering what the Predator franchise might look like now that Disney owns the IP, here’s your answer – the first trailer has dropped for Prey, a streaming-exclusive entry in the series that will bring back the deadliest hunter on earth. galaxy in the past for the first time (on screen, that is).
According to the film’s official synopsis, Prey’s story is set three centuries ago in the Comanche nation and follows Naru (Legion’s Amber Midthunder), a “fierce and highly skilled” warrior who sets out to protect her camp from a new dangerous threat.
Of course, while stalking her prey, she comes face to face with “a highly evolved alien predator” whose arsenal of weaponry is obviously far more technologically advanced than anything she possesses.
That said, Naru “was raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters that roam the Great Plains,” so we imagine she’ll still be fighting for the ages.
Prey will be available to stream on Hulu from August 5 in the US, while the UK and Australia can watch the film on Disney Plus from the same date. You can check out Prey’s brief but effective trailer below,
Our take: Prey could save the Predator franchise
Given that the last film in the series was 2018’s poorly received The Predator, you’d be forgiven for approaching Prey with a healthy dose of trepidation. That said, we have a good feeling about the film thanks to the people who made it.
Prey is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, whose only previous feature directing credit is the excellent 10 Cloverfield Lane – a film that managed to extract an incredible amount of tension from its confined setting and low budget.
We’re also thrilled to hear that the filmmakers at Prey are committed to providing a respectful and accurate portrayal of the Comanches, thanks to the involvement of Jhane Myers (Monsters of God). A member of the Comanche Nation herself, Myers is “known for her attention and dedication to films surrounding the Comanche and Blackfeet Nations and her passion for honoring the heritage of Indigenous communities.”
Additionally, Disney notes that Prey’s cast is “composed almost entirely of Indigenous and First Nations talent,” including aforementioned lead star Amber Midthunder, newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp (Sooyii), Michelle Thrush (The Journey Home) and Julian Black Antelope (Tribal).
Fans should also be happy that the Predator franchise finally gives us a film set in the past – in 1996, director Robert Rodriguez (Alita: Battle Angel, Sin City) wrote a Predator script aboard a Spanish galleon that saw men with guns attacking unseen enemies. Sadly, that story never made it past the page, even though it illustrated how cool it would be to see the Predator take on different warriors throughout history.
If Prey turns out to be a hit for Disney, we’d be totally down for a series of streaming-exclusive Predator movies set in different time periods. Predator vs. Vikings… Predator vs. Mongols… the possibilities are endless!