How the "Predator" prequel "Prey" made history as the first movie in a franchise to have an all-Native American cast
The new Predator prequel, Prey, is set three hundred years before Arnold Schwarzenegger fought the deadly E.T.,
and director Dan Trachtenberg says that when he was looking for actors, the idea of hiring mostly Native American and indigenous actors wasn't just something they talked about.
That's what was said. "We're making this underdog story," 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg says in an interview with
Amber Midthunder and Dakota Beavers and producer Jhane Myers (watch above). "I thought, 'Oh, it would be great to see a movie with a Native American as the main character.
We almost never see that. But even more so for this movie, we are making a story about someone who is not really seen.
and trying to say, "I'm doing what I'm doing because I deserve to." And have it be about people who, in the media and pop culture, are usually the sidekick or the bad guy, but never the hero. "
Naru (Midthunder), a young Comanche woman in 1719, is the main character in Prey.She wants to leave the gathering and become a hunter,
and she's the first person in her tribe to realise that they're being hunted by a force from another world, which she'll have to fight.
Midthunder (Legion) says of the film's groundbreaking casting, "It means everything in the world." That's what I'm most proud of about the movie.
So many things about it are amazing, but that is what really gets to me.... In terms of representation, that's like the Navy SEAL mission of my career:
to show that indigenous people can be and do everything and add value where I don't think it's been shown yet. You can go all the way back,
and we still tell stories by word of mouth. Our medium is telling stories. It's so rare to see a historical movie where native people are treated like full people. People who do this are either very wild or too religious.
So, being able to show different personalities, social interactions, and other things like that in a movie series like Predator, which is also fun, exciting, and entertaining, is like the best thing in the world to me.