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Predator’s Jesse Ventura Perfectly Praises Prey Star Amber Midthunder

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Predator star and former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura praised director Dan Trachtenberg's latest installment in the franchise, Prey, particularly the performance of the film's lead, Amber Midthunder.

"Great, great, film," Ventura wrote on Twitter. "[Midthunder] you definitely ain't got time to bleed. Welcome to the Predator family. [Trachtenberg] Thank you for making such a thoughtful, creative, and wonderful film."

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Ventura starred in 1987's Predator as Blain Cooper, a heavy-gunner known for his minigun named "Ol' Painless." In his praise of Midthunder, the actor also referenced his own character's iconic line from the original movie: "I ain't got time to bleed." Despite taking place 300 years in the past, Trachtenberg previously stated that Prey ended up including several references to the original 1987 Predator film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 10 Cloverfield Lane director even said that some of the film's Easter eggs were entirely unintentional, most of them stemming from his true appreciation for the first Predator.

Midthunder's Naru Ain't Got Time to Bleed

20th Century Studios released the first full trailer for Prey in June. Set 300 years in the past, the upcoming prequel will follow a young Comanche warrior named Naru, played by Midthunder, who must fight to protect her tribe against a violent Predator. While development on Prey began before the release of The Predator in 2918, filming on Prey didn't start until early in 2021 and wrapped in September that same year.

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"[Naru] 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," 20th Century Studios said of the film. "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." Prey is set to release as a Hulu Original on Aug. 5 and will be the first feature-length film to be available on a streaming service with Comanche as both a language and subtitle option.

Directed by John McTiernan, Predator starred Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Shane Black and Bill Duke among others. It was followed by Predator 2 in 1990, Predators in 2010 and The Predator in 2018. Predator has also crossed over with the Aliens franchise with films like Alien vs. Predator in 2004 and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem in 2007.

Prey will premiere as a Hulu Original on Aug. 5.

Source: Twitter

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