Adrien Brody Puts Down the Piano for Predators

October 7, 2009

Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody has decided to take a hiatus from putting on pensive expressions on his pouty puss to put the pain in Predators, the reboot of the franchise being helmed by director Robert Rodriguez. And he's in good company because the cast list for this movie is nothing to turn your nose up at.

The Heat Vision blog got the scoop on all sorts of casting business for Predators. Let's start with Brody. He's going to play the leader of the group, and he's described as being a "hunter of men". That would be a cool movie title in and of itself. It's kind of hard to imagine Brody, the man of wistful whimsy, getting his alien-killer on, but it never hurts to have some acting muscle in an action movie. It will give the movie some grounding in reality, or at the very least make it more fun to watch.

Heat Vision gives us these details about the rest of the cast:

Topher Grace is in negotiations to join the action-adventure movie, to which Alice Braga ("I Am Legend"), Mahershalalhashbaz Ali ("The 4400"), Walt Goggins ("The Shield"), Rodriguez mainstay Danny Trejo and UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov have also been cast. ... Braga is the tough female killer. Ali is a man not afraid to die, Goggins is the loose canon of the group and Taktarov is a former Russian special ops agent. Trejo, already cast, is Cuchillo, a hardened warrior with twin Uzis strapped to his back.

Wow. That right there is a cast with a capital C. It's hard to know where to start with this one. First off, it's awesome that Walt (I thought it was Walton, but whatever) Goggins is getting some screen time in a big movie after his great run in The Shield. He stood out in that show as being a few notches above his co-stars -- no disrespect to Michael Chiklis intended. Here's hoping this gig goes well so we start seeing a lot more of him, the man is talented.

As for Topher Grace, well...apparently not everyone hated Spider-Man 3, or at least his performance in it. And to be fair his performance wasn't half-bad, even if the movie was all bad. Though it doesn't mention this in the Heat Vision blog, First Showing has confirmed that Grace's role would be a buttoned-down accountant who spends his off hours as a serial killer. Kind of like Dexter, except I'm guessing he doesn't kill in the name of the greater good.

And Danny Trejo is always a great addition when you need a man who can scare you shitless just by looking at you. It's going to be hard to divvy up the time between being scared of the Predators and being scared of Trejo. The thought of Trejo hunting me down is much more horrifying than any weapon-wielding alien.

Predators is shaping up, dare I say it, to be awesome.

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