Keegan-Michael Key is looking to prove himself as a convincing action star following his success in comedy by starring in The Predator. Key recently sat down with Cnet to discuss many facets of Shane Black's upcoming Predator sequel and during the discussion Key chats about why he took the role, as well as what fans can expect from the new film. Below are some excerpts from the interview, but you can read the whole thing over on Cnet!
Cnet: What can you tell us about the new movie?
Keegan-Michael Key: There's been an aggressive gag order [laughs] so let me see what I can share that's vague yet still informative. Thomas Jane and I are ex-Marines and we are in a group with Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes and Alfie Allen. In the midst of this adventure, they adopt this scientist, Olivia Munn, who happens to be working on revolutionary tech and on finding alien life.
We become a kind of dirty half dozen of burned-out soldiers suffering from PTSD. Shane Black sent us a memo that was quite poetically written prior to shooting, and the gist of the memo was, "I want a bunch of knights — a bunch of knights who were rejects from the Round Table — knocking the rust off their armor and going back into battle."
It's not about a bunch of heroes that are at the top of the game. It's about people who have been through life and are at the end of their careers. And for them to pick up their mantle again is part of the excitement of the film. What else can I share? There's quite a lot of humor. The beginning of the movie is like you're watching six stooges. And it was really a riot, I mean an absolute riot to do.
So this isn't a retelling of Predator so much as a reimagining?
Reimagining is a good word. What we're doing is a chapter of a larger story that we could call The Predator Universe. There are five movies in the Predator canon, and this will be the sixth. You could watch them in any order you want because they all exist in their own right.
Releasing on September 14th, 2018, Shane Black directs The Predator (Predator 4) - a new film set in in the iconic Predator movie series by 20th Century Fox. If you're anticipating this film, you will want to join in our The Predator (Predator 4) forum! It's a great place to discuss the upcoming Predator movie and engage with other Predator movie fans.
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