When Prey hits Hulu on August 5, fans will notice some big design changes for Predator (Yaujta). It may come as a surprise to those watching, and the alien hunter’s look was also a surprise to the cast. However, there is a reason for all this.
While Prey is billed as a prequel, it’s not about any of the characters, or locations, from the previous movies, so the people behind the movie could essentially do whatever they wanted. And this led to the creation of the Yaujta that we see in the film, which is a bit more primitive.
“Because it’s set 300 years before the original, there’s kind of a narrative need for this thing to look a little different, in terms of what it’s wearing, what it’s equipped with,” director Dan Trachtenberg told GameSpot. . “But after taking this opportunity, saying maybe this is from a different part of the hemisphere, or whatever, the movie could bring with it the same kind of surprises that the original had. What was so great about that first movie? ?was that it was exciting to see this cloaked being and then it was exciting to see it in masked form, and then it was exciting to see it in its final form. I wanted this to have the same set of surprises, even for the die-hard fans. So to change it up a bit allowed us to deliver on that. And then also all the unique weaponry, some stuff that feels like its previous iterations of things we’ve seen before. And then, you know, some new toys for us to enjoy.”
But after coming up with the concept of this new Predator and planning its look and technology, seeing it for the first time was pretty amazing. “Frankly, I was scared,” Trachtenberg continued. “It came at a time when we were working hard, and even though I’ve done some of this horror-oriented thriller-type stuff, there’s nothing scary while you’re doing it, you know? And I have to say, seeing that thing in the early hours of the night in the woods for the first time, and he came right up to me and looked at me, and I felt like I was 10 years old again, and I was really a little terrified. So it’s quite impressive to see.”
For star Amber Midthunder, who plays expert Comanche tracker Naru, it felt very different when she saw Dane DiLiegro in Yaujta’s costume on set. “I said, ‘I could take that,'” Midthunder told GameSpot. “I literally said, ‘I can kill that.'” I saw it in the forest. And not by accident, but like, I didn’t know he was there or you heard, whispers and rumors that there was some kind of presentation or show and tell or something about the suit or something. And I saw the people walk away. When I went to see it, I saw a large group of people. And then when I looked, I saw the Predator. And while I was in awe and just mesmerized by the outfit and the detail and everything. It was interesting. It was like there was a lot of duality in that experience for me.”
For Dakota Beavers, who plays Taabe, this was her first movie role, so she was adjusting to life working on a big-budget production. However, DiLiegro appearing before him in the costume still made him stop in his tracks. “He’s pretty wild,” Beavers said. “The first time I saw it there were whispers on the set. And then I saw him come walking through the trees. It’s like I just saw the Bigfoot moment. You’re like, ‘Oh holy shit. If no one had told me (Predator was on set), I’d probably be looking for a blade. Because it’s pretty convincing. The suit they built is pretty amazing. He is a big guy who wears the suit. Dane did a great job. And then also, realism. Every time they spray him with these things, every scene to make his skin look more realistic. And so he looks great in person.”
Prey arrives on Hulu on Friday, August 5. In GameSpot’s review of Prey, Mat Elfring said, “Prey is a movie about being hunted and rising to the occasion to help your people fight off their attackers. It’s not about reinventing the wheel, but it fits very well. well in the Predator universe, firmly as the second best film in the franchise”.
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