Trejo is indeed on board for “Predators,” and the rest of the cast is filling out to include the likes of Walt Goggins, who played the loathsome Shane Vendrell on “The Shield,” as well as Alice Braga of “I Am Legend.” But the real story comes in the form of the film’s purported leading actors: none other than scrawny men Adrien Brody and Topher Grace.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brody’s character “is a man who ends up inheriting the mantle of leader” amongst the film’s cast, as each player finds themselves the unwitting prey of a horde or Predators. Brody is also known as “a hunter of men.” Grace, meanwhile, plays “an accountant-type whose unassuming facade masks a dangerous serial killer.”
Brody reportedly lobbied hard for his role, working to convince producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal of his worthiness for going against the heavily-armed, multi-jawed creatures. Mission accomplished, apparently.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that Brody and Grace are untalented actors. Quite the opposite; I think they’re both great — Brody didn’t win that Academy Award for nothing, and Grace has proven himself capable of roles beyond his classic Eric Foreman type.
But are they worthy of fighting the Predators? Can they really take the reins of a franchise that’s previously seen bigger guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover going toe-to-toe with the calculated, cold-blooded alien killers? That, I’m not so sure of.
One thing I do know is that everything else about “Predators” — from the positive script reviews to the inspired hiring of Antal as director to the inclusion of Trejo and more — has me very excited. The latest casting of Brody and Grace is definitely an unexpected development, but I’m doing my best to keep an open mind. Given everything else we know, a full-scale panic isn’t necessary just yet.
What do you think of the “Predators” cast? Totally awesome, totally awful or just somewhere in the realm of bizarre? Sound off in the comments section or on Twitter!