The recently concluded Disney+ Day brought some news of all-new Marvel films but also, the initial details about an upcoming entry in the Predator franchise, which is a prequel titled Prey. It will be based in the 1700s, focusing on a young warrior who is also a Native American that must go against the trophy-hunting alien beast. Prey comes from 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg and also stars Amber Midthunder, who is also a Native American actress, who has earlier starred in Roswell, New Mexico, and Longmire. The very first picture of Midthunder in the upcoming film teased her battle with the Predator and in a new social media post, Amber has opened up about how proud she is of working in Prey and its representation of Native Americans on the big screen.
“I’m beyond words feeling proud, humbled, and excited to finally be able to share this news and have been given this opportunity,” Midthunder wrote on Instagram. “It is time we see ourselves represented fully in mainstream entertainment. As strong and human, by our own people. I can’t wait for you all to see what we made this summer. Ʉra ako & pilamaye.” This post of hers on Instagram came with the teaser image of herself from the film as well as the official title card revealed by 20th Century Studios.
Here’s the Instagram post:
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Prey, which will be the fifth feature film in the franchise which does not include the two Alien vs. Predator crossover movies, will be released on Hulu next year, ie. 2022, seemingly without a theatrical release from the studio. An official description briefly reads: “An all-new entry in the Predator franchise, Prey is set in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago.”
It had been reported previously that Midthunder will play the character named Naru in the film, described as “a skilled female warrior who fiercely protects her tribe against a highly evolved alien predator.”
Franchise producer John Davis also opened up while talking to Collider about the development of the movie, stating that the work on it began while they were still filming the 2018 feature film The Predator. He added, “It goes back to what made the original Predator movie work. It’s the ingenuity of a human being who won’t give up, who’s able to observe and interpret, basically being able to beat a stronger, more powerful, well-armed force.”