Nimrod Antal, director of the upcoming Robert Rodriguez-produced project Predators, defended the casting decisions made for the film, especially that of lead Adrien Brody:
“I think when we cast Adrien, 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.”
Antal also confirmed that the film will be rated R and that he would be open to having a cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger:
“Time will tell. We’ll see, but we are trying to stay with the original as far as the monster and the atmosphere and the tone of the film, but we are trying to do something new and contemporary and feels fresh.”