The Predator is returning – but not the way you think. Not only is it headed to the past, but it’s also headed to Hulu as well. The latest entry in the highly successful sci-fi/horror series, Prey, has just released a trailer, showcasing a much different Predator story than we’re used to. Set 300 years in the past, the Predator’s hunt in this tale takes it to America’s Great Plains, where it meets a young Comanche warrior (Amber Midthunder) who isn’t going down without a fight, as the official trailer shows. A short teaser was released last year, but this full trailer provides much more scope and a better look at how the story will play out. The film premieres on August 5 on Hulu.
As the fifth film in the storied Predator franchise, the Prey trailer shows the Predator in what is believed to be its first visit to Earth, in the 1700s. It begins to hunt members of the Comanche Nation, picking them off one by one, in the manner we’ve seen in previous films. However, it encounters a formidable foe in Naru, a young woman trained by her tribe’s greatest hunters. She uses her skills and knowledge of the terrain to gain an advantage and fight back against the ultimate hunter. With the tagline “They hunt to live. It lives to hunt,” the franchise looks to be returning to its primal roots, without the heavy reliance on CGI or special effects seen in previous films. Prey premieres in the U.S. on Hulu, and on Disney’s Star streaming service in the rest of the world.
Naru first encounters the Predator when it takes a bear, she has been hunting right out from under her. She then discovers exactly what she is facing, forcing her to use her wits to protect the people in her tribe. The Prey trailer features some stunning visuals and will likely remind fans of the jungle setting of the original Predator. That was likely deliberate: the last entry in the series, 2018’s The Predator, was a critical and box office failure, proving that more special effects and wall-to-wall action cannot overcome a bad script.
Actress Amber Midthunder may make for an unlikely Disney princess (now that 20th Century and the Predator franchise is owned by the House of Mouse), but she’s a familiar face to genre fans. She appeared in the FX Marvel series Legion, where she played Kerry Loudermilk, a mutant who didn’t mind kicking some ass when the situation called for it. The Prey trailer proves she can pull off the physicality to play a rugged warrior, and those two minutes should have every Predator fan excited for what’s to come. Midthunder’s other credits include Longmire, Hell or High Water, and Roswell, New Mexico. She also starred with Liam Neeson in Netflix’s The Ice Road, so she’s no stranger to the action genre.
Dan Trachtenberg (who directed 10 Cloverfield Lane) directs this return to the Predator franchise, and it looks to be a prequel, rather than a reboot of the series. The Prey trailer doesn’t hint at any connections to the original films, although it has been widely reported that the film will depict the Predator’s first hunt on Earth. John Davis, who produced the original Predator film, is producing this entry as well. Jhane Myers (Monsters of God), who is a member of the Comanche Nation like the lead character, is an executive producer and hopes the film will provide an authentic, accurate portrayal of the Comanche, despite the sci-fi and horror elements. The film also stars an almost exclusively Native American cast, including Dakota Beavers in his first film role, Stormee Kipp (Sooyii), Michelle Thrush (The Journey Home), and Julian Black Antelope (Tribal).