Glimpses Of Rodriguez's Predator PlanetS

Robert Rodriguez is busy relaunching the Predator franchise with an intense monster-movie feel, and our first set pics give us a few ideas what this alien world will look like. Plus director Antal addresses the "Adrien is no Arnie" issue.

KGNB news is reporting that stars Adrien Brody, Alice Braga and Danny Trejo were all Texas setting up a big shot at Canyon Lake Gorge, pictured above. And "apparently the filmmakers thought the gorge was the perfect look to create an alien landscape." This makes us a little happy to see a bit of variation being thrown into the otherwise Hawaii jungle-dominated or green-screened film. Plus, it's very beautiful, let's hope someone dies on it with buckets of blood.

In other news the director, Nimród Antal, told Coming Soon that he was all but done with fans unhappy with his casting decisions. Namingly, replacing Arnold's bulk with the stick-figure Adrien Brody and tiny Topher Grace:

I think when we cast Adrian, 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."

Read the rest of the interview at Coming Soon, and while we understand what he's saying, we'd still like to see an action hero with a little meat on his/her bones go up against the Predators. The movie is still being filmed but will be released in theaters on July 7th, 2010.

[picture via edwards aquifer]