'The Predator' Cast Rides An Armored Bus, Director Defends Olivia Munn

Predator will return in Predator 4.
Predator will return in Predator 4. 20th Century Fox

The Predator cast keeps growing. Director Shane Black (The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3) posted a photo of the expanded cast, this time with new additions Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and Thomas Jane (The Expanse). Allen and Jane join previously revealed cast members Sterling K. Brown (American Crime Story), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Keegan-Michael Key (Don’t Think Twice) and Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), who Black defended on Twitter from a Munn skeptic.

Unlike the first cast photo, set in the null space of a photo studio, Black’s new cast reveal was shot on some sort of armored bus. Could this indicate the crew going up against the alien hunter are some sort of SWAT, military or paramilitary team? See what you can make of it:

Before posting the new cast photo, Black defended casting Munn against a guy who really doesn’t like Munn. While she hasn’t exactly appeared in the best string of movies, it’s hard not to smell the sexism coming off the original complaint, which accuses Munn of getting “where she is based on looks.” Dude, you could probably say that about 95% of all celebrity actors. And the rest have producers for a mommy or daddy.

If there’s one thing Black is good at, it’s getting fun performances from his entire cast. Black movies, from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang to The Monster Squad (which he co-wrote with The Predator co-writer Fred Dekker), are always stuffed top-to-bottom with fun primary and secondary characters. The same can’t be said of Bryan Singer, who blew it with a giant cast of A-listers on X-Men: Apocalypse . Is it really so surprising Munn wasn’t a good Psylocke? That movie wasted fucking Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender!

The Predator is out in theaters Feb. 9, 2018.

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