Lately, the news front for the upcoming Predator movie has been as quiet as a Yautja stalking its prey in the jungle, but it's now being reported that an actor is being eyed for the lead role.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Benicio Del Toro is in early talks to play the lead role in The Predator. While nothing has been confirmed at this time, THR reveals that Del Toro has room in his schedule to shoot the film next year, with a February kickoff date tentatively planned.

Del Toro recently stole scenes with a powerful performance in Sicario, and Marvel fans have seen the actor pop up in several films as The Collector.

20th Century Fox has slated The Predator for a February 9th, 2018 theatrical release. Shane Black (who co-starred as the wisecracking Rick Hawkins in the original Predator) will direct The Predator from a screenplay he co-wrote with Fred Dekker (who helmed Night of the Creeps and The Monster Squad—a film he also co-wrote with Black).

Plot details for the film are unknown at this time, but the movie is expected to reboot the franchise while also serving somewhat as a sequel. Although there has been speculation, it's unclear at this time whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Dutch from 1987's Predator. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details on The Predator as they are revealed.

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