Well if you were impressed with some of the A-list talent that signed on for Robert Rodriguez’s Machete feature film, you’re going to continue to be impressed with a couple of the big names in talks to headline his Predators sequel/reboot as well. According to THR’s Heat Vision Blog, Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal have apparently selected Adrien Brody for the lead role in the film, while Topher Grace is also in negotiations to join the cast. Other slightly less familiar faces already signed on include Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Walt Goggins, and UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov. The casting breakdown is as follows:
Brody is a man who ends up inheriting the mantle of leader and is known as a hunter of men. Grace would play an accountant-type whose unassuming facade masks a dangerous serial killer. 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 … is Cuchillo, a hardened warrior with twin uzis strapped to his back.
I certainly didn’t think Adrien Brody would ever be interested in a role like this, much less actually land it, but that being said, he should be a great asset to the film. Looking at his filmography, I don’t think he’s ever starred in an action movie (King Kong would probably be the closest thing), but I am sure he could pull it off. Grace, on the other hand, will still have to win people over from his performance as Eddie Brock and Venom in Spider-Man 3, but ever since his minor role in Traffic, I’ve always thought he had talent beyond just comedy. Then again, it’s possible that his character exists to provide some comic relief as well. What do you think, is this solid casting, or are Brody and Grace not manly enough to head up a sequel to Predator?