"This one definitely falls in line with the original franchise, in that it does focus on the technology that the Predators have," Busey said to PopCulture.com. "It focuses on what the goal of the Predators is, and what their modus operandi, and why they come to the planet, and that type of thing. It's definitely in line with the original franchise."
That’s the only thing that will be in line with the original franchise. Over the summer, Busey revealed that his character will be directly connected to Predator 2—he’s playing the son of his father Gary Busey’s character from the 1990 sequel.
“[Shane Black] called me and he said, ‘Hey, you wanna do this movie? We don’t have money for you but it’ll be a fun thing to come play and be your father’s son,’” Busey said to ComingSoon.net. “And so as much as I have followed in my dad’s footsteps career-wise, this is like really following in his footsteps by playing a character who is the son of the character he played. And I don’t think there would be any other forum where I would do that; I think this is the one thing. If you liked the very first movie a lot, you’ll really like this one. This one has a lot of essence of the first movie.”
Predator star Olivia Munn previously spoke with Men’s Fitness and told us that the story of the film has a “standalone” feel and that “it’s within the world of Predator, but the movie is not a continuation of another one. It has its own ensemble with some amazing actors. It's one of the coolest things I’ve been a part of”.
Munn also went on to say that she’ll get to use some of her badass fighting skills from X-Men: Apocalypse on The Predator as well.
“I’ll say this, my character knows how to use a weapon,” Munn said. “You always see in movies that the guys just automatically know how to use it and the girls, they have to kind of fumble through it. I didn’t want her to be a soldier, but there's no reason why she wouldn't know how. Shane and I were on the same page about that immediately.
Actor Thomas Jane previously dropped some major reveals about the plot, saying that it would focus on a group of Afghanistan war veterans that get mixed up with Boyd Holbrook’s Quinn McKenna, the main protagonist.
“We play these veterans from like Afghanistan, Iraq War, or whatever,” Jane said. “But we’re all fucking crazy so we go to the VA hospital to get our meds. We’re all shellshocked, PTSD soldiers. We’re at the VA hospital and we’re in group therapy, and, of course, somebody flips out—this is backstory, I don’t think we really see this—somebody flips out and we all get arrested and get thrown onto the bus to go down to the hospital, and they throw this other guy [Holbrook] on the bus too.”
Holbrook, Busey, Munn, and Jane star alongside Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Keegan Michael-Key (Key and Peele), and Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) in the film.
The Predator will be released on Aug. 3, 2018.