It was a bit surprising to learn that Adrian Brody had been cast as the lead in Robert Rodriguez’s Predators as he isn’t really known as the action type, however I guess that could be one of the reasons he went for the part. The guy is an Oscar winner so there’s no question he can act, although he doesn’t necessarily have the bulk Arnold Schwarzenegger had when he was taking on the beast in the 80s.
Director Nimród Antal has a pretty good reason for choosing Brody though, as he revealed to ComingSoon:
I think when we cast Adrian, there were a lot of people going, ‘What?’ but at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or if we cast anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that. So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic. He plays a mercenary in the film and if you look at the guys in Iraq and Afghanistan today, they’re not ‘yolked-out’ Schwarzenegger-looking guys. They’re all very wiry and thin guys, and I think it’s going to play well.”
The director also responded with “time will tell” when asked if Arnie would be making an appearance.
Predators will be set on the Predator home world, where a group of soldiers will battle for their lives against the creatures. io9 managed to get a image from the set in Texas which shows the cast and crew setting up a big shot at Canyon Lake Gorge. “The filmmakers thought the gorge was the perfect look to create an alien landscape.” And I think I agree with him.