Sterling K. Brown: Predator reboot has ‘wicked sense of humor’

April 13, 2017

This Is Us may have wrapped filming on the first season two months ago, but Sterling K. Brown has had little time for victory laps. The Emmy-winning actor — who will likely be in contention for another one later this year — has been shuttling between Vancouver and Atlanta to film two movies, The Predator and Black Panther. He’s keeping his lips sealed for now about Black Panther and his role as N’Jobu, an individual from T’Challa’s past (“When it comes to Marvel Universe, I’ve learned to just leave well enough alone and keep my mouth shut,” he says), and he also can’t reveal very much about The Predator. But maybe he can reveal a little. (And we don’t mean by lifting his shirt.)

Directed and co-written by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), this reboot of the thermal-tracking, human-hunting alien franchise is the fourth installment in the Predator series and set in present day. Though technically a sequel, it does not continue story lines from 1987’s Predator, 1990’s Predator, or 2010’s Predators. “Shane has his whole take on it and it’s very different than the original Predator,” Brown tells EW. “It’s got a really wicked sense of humor to it, which I love about it. And it’s got a real camaraderie amongst the main characters that I think folks will be attracted to. That’s pretty much all I can say.”

Well, he can tell you one other thing about getting to work on a sequel to a movie that he has loved for decades. “I’m a huge fan of Predator,” he says, “and, of course, everybody loves Jesse the Body [Ventura] and Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and Carl Weathers and Bill Duke. My friends at Stanford used to tease me — being the dark-skinned African-American man that I am — they’d say, ‘Yo, man, you’re going to start getting all [those] Bill Duke roles when you get older.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t look anything like Bill Duke, you guys can kiss my ass.’ So then I booked this movie and I told them and they’re like, ‘Dude, do you even realize that you’re now Bill Duke???’ And I had to go tell them to kiss my ass all over again.”

Hitting theaters in early 2018, The Predator features a cast that includes Brown, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, and Jacob Tremblay. Brown will be seen with Chadwick Boseman on the big screen not only in 2018’s Black Panther but also in this fall’s Thurgood Marshall biopic Marshall.

As for his unofficial campaign to play another comic book character, John Stewart, a.k.a Green Lantern, in the now-being-written Green Lantern Corps — “Dear powers that be, if you are looking for someone to play John Stewart, I humbly submit my name,” Brown tweeted in January — Brown has this to offer: “Let me say that the campaign has never been officially launched. That’s just Brown sending out a tweet innocuously in the middle of the night after he recognized that the role needed to be cast. Like ‘Hey, I like Green Lantern, give it a shot.’ No further updates on the development of the Green Lantern pursuit, but I’m still very much interested and intrigued in playing that role.”

Whether or not Brown gets the green light on Green Lantern, he will be back on the small screen this fall when This Is Us returns for season 2.

Sterling K. Brown Shares How He Got His Incredible 6-Pack

April 04, 2017

Everyone has been talking about Sterling’s 6-Pack since he posted a picture of his abs on Instagram and now you can find out what works for him.

Sterling K. Brown wowed his Instagram followers when he shared a photo of his insane six-pack, but the This Is Us star says he isn’t in the gym 24/7 — he got his impressive abs by working out on his own as much as his schedule allows.

“I try to get something in five days a week,” Brown, 40, tells PEOPLE exclusively of his workout schedule. “My work schedule doesn’t always accommodate my workout schedule, but I make do with what time I’ve got.”

When he does have down time, Brown rotates between a few different types of workouts.

“I love basketball because it’s social, and you’re not even thinking about working out — you’re just playing a game, and getting great exercise at the same time,” he says. “I also run, swim, bike, lift, do yoga. I just try to do something to sweat at least an hour a day.”

Brown — who is currently filming The Predator and Black Panther, and will star in Marshall later this year — tones his abs with a workout loosely based on P90X’s “Ab Ripper X” exercises.

“When I’m doing the program, I’ll do it every other day,” he says. “But I mostly I do an abridged version every day — just enough to keep me from cursing the heavens!”

He also sticks to a healthy diet — most of the time.

“I try to drink a lot of water — it hydrates, curbs appetite, etc.,” he says. “[I eat] carbs at the top of the day, more vegetables than anything else, lean protein and good fat, like avocado, olive oil and DHA. However, Sunday brunch, anything goes!”

While Brown is very motivated on his own, filming The Predator with Moonlight’s Trevante Rhodes has given him an extra push to stay on top of his workouts.

“Just seeing how diligent he is in maintaining his body is an inspiration unto itself,” says Brown. “It’s a simple reminder that just because you’re getting older, doesn’t mean you have to get old.”


First Images from The Predator

March 10, 2017

The first image has been released from Sterling’s new film The Predator which will be released in theaters next February.

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‘This Is Us’ Star Sterling K. Brown Officially Joins Shane Black’s ‘Predator’ Reboot

March 07, 2017

Variety shares the exciting news that Sterling has been cast in a new film with 20th Century Fox!

“This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown is officially on board 20th Century Fox’s “The Predator,” a reboot of the alien action franchise that launched in 1987.

The news that Brown was in talks for the role broke last month. However, the actor’s reps confirm to Variety that the deal has now closed.

Brown joins previously announced stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jacob Tremblay. Holbrook, who replaced Benicio del Toro in October, will be playing a soldier, while Rhodes and Key will play ex-marines, and Munn will portray a scientist.

Shane Black is directing from a script by himself and Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon, who produced the original, are returning to produce the latest installment. Plot details have largely been kept under wraps.

Brown has certainly had a moment over the past year, particularly on TV. He scored an Emmy for his portrayal of Christopher Darden on the much-lauded FX anthology “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” and followed that up with “This Is Us,” which has become a hit for NBC.

He’s also recently joined Marvel’s highly anticipated “Black Panther,” opposite Chadwick Boseman.

“The Predator” is set to hit theaters on Feb. 9, 2018.