In November last year, Deadline reported that a new film in the Predator franchise was being developed at 20th Century Studios by 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg with a script penned by Patrick Aison. Last month, AvPGalaxy.net uncovered a new production synopsis for the upcoming movie, revealing its period setting:
“The story will follow Kee, a Comanche woman who goes against gender norms and traditions to become a warrior. Many years ago – in a time before any Europeans had ever encroached on their lands – the Comanche people had a well defined society and gender norms. Kee is very close to her younger brother, Taabe, who is being groomed as a leader. As capable as any young man in the tribe, Kee has always been a teacher and source of inspiration for Taabe. In the Comanche way – she is Patsi – the elder sister that has helped to shape him. Kee is a truth teller and has insight that others do not. A tomboy, she wants to prove herself in the masculine world of the Comanche. When danger threatens them all – Kee sets out to prove that she is as capable as any young warrior.”
Operating under the working title Skulls, the new Predator film is slated to start shooting May 31st, in Calgary. Leading up to the filming date, audition tapes have surfaced on Vimeo showing actresses Cheyenne Seleah and Stefany Mathias auditioning respectively for the roles of Kee and her mother – named “Aruka” on the video. You can watch them below; beware of very mild spoilers!
Besides seemingly revealing the name of the Aruka character, the videos offer some insight on the relationship between the protagonist and her mother, and the central conflict between them. Skulls marks the first time a Predator film has a period setting and is led by a female protagonist, moving away from the most traditional male action hero trope the previous 4 movies went for with their leading characters.
There is no release date as of yet, but more news should be making their way online as we approach the date for production start.
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