If you’ve been wondering what the Predator franchise might look like now that Disney owns the IP, here’s your answer: The first teaser trailer has appeared for Prey, an exclusive streaming entry in the series that will feature the will bring the galaxy’s deadliest fighter back to the past for the first time (on screen, at least).
According to the film’s official synopsis, Prey’s story is set in the Comanche Nation three centuries ago, and follows Naru (Legion’s Amber Midthunder), a “fierce and highly skilled” warrior who wants to protect her camp from a dangerous new threat.
Of course, stalking her prey, she finds herself up against “a highly evolved alien predator” whose arsenal of weapons is clearly far more technologically advanced than anything she owns.
That said, Naru “was raised in the shadows of some of the most legendary fighters to roam the Great Plains”, so we believe she will be fighting for eons to come.
Prey will be available to stream in the US on Hulu from August 5, while the UK and Australia will be able to watch the film on Disney Plus from the same date. You can watch Prey’s short but effective teaser trailer below,
Our Opinion: Prey Can Save the Predator Franchise
Considering the last film in the series was the poorly received 2018’s The Predator, you’d be forgiven for approaching Prey with a fair amount of trepidation. That said, we have a good feeling about the film thanks to the people who made it.
Prey is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, whose only previous film directing credit is the excellent 10 Cloverfield Lane – a film that managed to extract an incredible amount of suspense from its limited setting and small budget.
We’re also pleased to hear that Prey’s filmmakers are committed to a respectful and accurate portrayal of the Comanche, thanks to the involvement of Jhane Myers (Monsters of God). A member of the Comanche nation herself, Myers is known for her attention and dedication to films about the Comanche and Blackfeet nations and her passion for honoring the legacies of the indigenous communities.
Additionally, Disney notes that Prey’s cast is “almost entirely made up of Native and First Nation talent,” including aforementioned lead actor Amber Midthunder, newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp (Sooyii), Michelle Thrush (The Journey Home), and Julian Black Antelope. (Tribal).
Fans should also be happy that the Predator franchise finally gives us a movie set in the past — in 1996, director Robert Rodriguez (Alita: Battle Angel, Sin City) famously wrote a Predator script set aboard a Spanish galleon that saw men with muskets take on invisible enemies. Sadly, that story never made it past the page, though it did illustrate how cool it would be to see the Predator pit against various warriors throughout history.
If Prey proves to be a success for Disney, we’d be in the mood for a series of exclusive Predator movies set in different time periods. Predator vs Vikings… Predator vs Mongols… the possibilities are endless!