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“Prey” Trailer Reveals Hulu’s Ambitious Predator Prequel

When Naru (Ambert Midthunder) sees something streaking across the sky, she takes it as a sign she’s ready to join the hunt. In the official trailer for Prey, we know a few things Naru doesn’t, namely that what she saw in the sky isn’t a sign, but a warning. In a terrific sequence glimpsed in this longer look at director Dan Trachtenberg’s (10 Cloverfield Lane, The Boys) Predator sequel, Naru’s this close to being killed by a grizzly bear when something else (you and I know what it is) kills the bear instead, drags it away from the cowering Naru, and lifts it clean into the air. The craziest part for Naru? Whatever’s doing this is invisible. Welcome to the new hunt, Naru.

Prey looks like a different kind of Predator movie. While the universe’s Alpha Predator has been on the hunt in a series of films, sequels, and spinoffs since the 1987 original film, Prey will take us back into a time long before mercenaries with heavy firepower were the Predator’s main targets. The movie is set in the Comanche Nation some 300 years ago, with Naru at the center. She’s a young, very skilled Comanche warrior, her knowledge bestowed by some of the Nation’s most revered hunters. Of course, Naru and her fellow Comanches will be threatened by a hunter who exceeds even their abilities. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her people, but will it be enough?

Trachtenberg’s film comes from a script by Patrick Aison (Jack Ryan). One key to the production is that Prey‘s cast is comprised entirely of Native and First Nation talent, including Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Julian Black Antelope, and Michelle Thrush. A key to the effort of making sure Prey got the casting and the details right was producer Jhane Myers, an acclaimed filmmaker and member of the Comanche Nation. The results will speak for themselves, and from what we’ve seen thus far from Prey, it looks like the Predator prequel we’ve been waiting for.

Check out the trailer below. Prey begins its hunt on Hulu on August 5.

 

Here’s the official synopsis:

“Prey,” an all-new action-thriller from 20th Century Studios directed by Dan Trachtenberg (“The Boys,” “10 Cloverfield Lane”) and the newest entry in the “Predator” franchise, will stream August 5, 2022, exclusively on Hulu.

Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.

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Featured image: “Prey.” Courtesy 20th Century Studios/Hulu

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