Benicio Del Toro has dropped out of talks to star in The Predator. The 49-year-old actor was in negotiations for the lead role in the hotly-anticipated remake of the 1987 movie, but he has reportedly fallen out of discussions with Twentieth Century Fox over the part.
Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that Del Toro’s scheduling was a stumbling block after his other films were rearranged.
The actor was wanted by Fox for months, and they had overcame an initial issue over his scheduling before pushing back the start date of filming to February so the star – who is to portray a villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017 – could appear in the movie.
The studio are now thought to be eyeing Logan actor Boyd Holbrook as the new lead for the motion picture.
Shane Black is to direct the film after previously starring in the original as Rick Hawkins, who was the first to die at the hands of the titular character.
The original motion picture was directed by John McTiernan and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as soldier Major Alan ‘Dutch’ Schaefer, who was hunted by an alien monster in the jungle along with his squad of commandos.
Black has already revealed the main character’s name in his Predator movie will be Quinn McKenna. He said: “The hero of the film, the name I’ve given the guy, is Quinn McKenna. Quinn McKenna. Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?”
Joel Silver, John Davis and Lawrence Gordon will produce the film.