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Deadline has reported that Guardians of the Galaxy star, Benicio Del Toro, is in talks to appear in 20th Century Fox's upcoming The Predator.

The reboot will be directed by The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, who actually starred in the original film alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger as Hawkins, the first character to be killed by the Predator.

Having starred as The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy, Del Toro is definitely familiar with the sci-fi genre and will also appear in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII. The 49-year-old is also working on Soldado, the second installment in the standalone trilogy that started with Sicario.

Work on The Predator is expected to start in February 2017, and though details on the project are few and far between, Black has previously said that the film won't be a full reboot and will be set in the present day. Black explained the timeline to Crave Online, saying "now it’s 25 years later. So in other words, if Arnold [Schwarzenegger]’s in it — which I’m not allowed to discuss — he would be old Arnold."

Schwarzenegger in Predator [20th Century Fox]
Schwarzenegger in Predator [20th Century Fox]

In the original film, Schwarzenegger played Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer, the leader of a special forces team who find themselves hunted by an alien life form while on a mission in the Central American jungle. It's also the film that gave birth to one of Arnie's most famous lines: "Get to da chopper!"

Black also quelled fears from fans that the film would be a rehash, previously telling Collider, "the writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. I’m telling you, you’re going to get something you don’t expect and you’re going to say, 'This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.'"

The Predator will hit theaters on February 9, 2018.

Are you onboard for The Predator?