‘Predators’ Director Nimrod Antal Defends Adrien Brody Casting

Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that “Predators” is actually happening, especially when names like Robert Rodriguez, Nimrod Antal and Danny Trejo are thrown into the mix. But it’s happening. Heck, it’s already started.

Antal, the director of “Predators” and this weekend’s “Armored,” spoke with Coming Soon about the project recently and revealed that shooting has already occurred in Hawaii.

In the interview, Antal defended the controversial casting of Adrien Brody as the film’s lead, which some fans reacted against due to the actor’s lean physique — a far cry from the Arnold Schwarzenegger of yesteryear.

“Again, it was a challenge in finding a balance,” he said. “I think when we cast [Adrien], there were a lot of people going, ’What?’ but at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or if we cast anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that. So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic.”

In Antal’s opinion, casting a Schwarzenegger type wouldn’t have made sense given the character that Brody is playing.

“He plays a mercenary in the film and if you look at the guys in Iraq and Afghanistan today, they’re not ’yolked-out’ Schwarzenegger-looking guys,” said Antal. “They’re all very wiry and thin guys, and I think it’s going to play well.”

That’s not to say that the Governator himself won’t make some type of appearance in “Predators,” as Antal teased that such a cameo could happen.

“Time will tell,” he said. “We’ll see, but we are trying to stay with the original as far as the monster and the atmosphere and the tone of the film, but we are trying to do something new and contemporary and feels fresh.”

Do you agree with Antal’s decision to cast Adrien Brody? What do you think of his thoughts on the film? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!