Elle Fanning Prepared to Hunt or be Hunted in New “Predator” Movie “Badlands”

Elle Fanning is ready to take on the universe’s most lethal hunter.

The star of Hulu’s series The Great is trading in her royal robes in 18th-century Russia for Dan Trachtenberg’s upcoming Predator film Badlands, the sequel to his 2022 hit Prey, which starred Amber Midthunder as Naru, a young Comanche woman in 1719 fighting back against one of the first Predators to reach earth. Prey was a huge hit for Hulu, breaking viewing records for the streamer at the time of release.

"Prey." Courtesy 20th Century Studios/Hulu
“Prey.” Courtesy 20th Century Studios/Hulu

For Badlands, Trachtenberg has reunited with his Prey screenwriter Patrick Aison to craft a story that is reportedly not set in the past like Prey and instead will be set sometime in the future. The Predator franchise began with director John McTiernan’s 1987 original, based on a script by Jim and John Thomas and starring an ascendant Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dutch, a member of a commando team on a doomed mission in a Central American jungle who has to tangle with a relentless enemy unlike any they’ve ever seen. The film spawned multiple sequels—the Danny Glover-led Predator 2 in 1990, the 2010 film Predators (starring Walton Goggins, Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, and Alice Braga), and 2010 and Shane Black’s 2018 film The Predator. There were also crossover movers pitting the two meanest aliens against each other, the Predator against the Xenomorphs from the Alien franchise.

There are no concrete plot details yet for Badlands. The film is being produced by 20th Century Studios. Whether it gets a theatrical run or goes straight to Hulu is also still an open question. We’ll let you know more when we do.

For more on the Predator franchise, check out these stories:

New “Prey” Video Connects Latest Film to Original “Predator”

“Prey” Trailer Reveals Hulu’s Ambitious Predator Prequel

“Prey” Trailer Reveals “Predator” Prequel Coming to Hulu

Featured image: Elle Fanning (“Violet”), Justice Smith (“Theodore Finch”). ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES. Photo by Walter Thomson. Courtesy Netflix.


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