Watch: Amber Midthunder reveals her favorite prey action sequence
Amber Midthunder has re-veiled the action scene she’s most proud of predator Movie prey (on Disney+ starting August 5) — and it’s not what you’d expect.
That legion Star leads the cast of director Dan Trachtenberg’s film, which follows a Comanche tribe who are both hunters and prey when a Predator arrives near their home on Earth.
Midthunder plays Naru – a young woman hoping to prove herself as a capable hunter – who sees her chance when the biggest beast they have ever seen appears.
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The cast completed a four-week boot camp on set in Calgary, Canada prior to filming to learn how to best use their guns, but it was a different skill Midthunder valued on set.
“Ironically, the story we keep talking about isn’t a big moment at all, but it really felt like a big moment during the making of the shoot,” Midthunder told Yahoo when asked about her proudest action achievement.
The 25-year-old added: “My hands were tied and at that moment I had to get out of that thing to do anything. how do i get rid of my hands
“We talked about it and Dan said, ‘Something has to happen.’ I thought, ‘Can I flip it?’ and he said, “Are you kinda leaning on that?” I flipped it and flipped it and happened to make it perfect, so I was like, “We’ll just do this.”
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“Then of course we went to shoot it and every time it fell on my side or it hit me in the face or something stupid happened, something happened. He said, ‘Maybe we should come up with something’ and I said, ‘No, I get it’.
“We left and that was the last take where we got it perfect and he said, ‘That’s the only one we need’. It was that big victory moment and of course it’s like 0.5 seconds in the actual movie.”
Midthunder said it was “very important” to Trachtenberg and the cast that the actors be able to do as many of the stunts and weapon-based scenes as possible, with the boot camp helping to highlight their skills.
“It was a lot of figuring out when it mattered most to be dynamic and when it mattered most to be efficient,” the star said.
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She added, “So much of the training camp was also people being like, ‘What can I do?’ Is it archery, is it the lance, what is my best weapon?
“And then to build that into their character and be open about the stunts and align with each person’s abilities. What’s the coolest thing I can do with this weapon?”
Midthunder pointed out that the sign language used by the Comanches in the film was something that arose from the chemistry between the actors during boot camp.
“We developed the sign language you see in the film based on real Comanche sign language,” she said.
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Midthunder added, “Sign language wasn’t originally part of the film. That wasn’t part of the script. That was something that happened in boot camp and then built into the film.”
With her action heroine credentials now firmly established, Midthunder won’t be short of offerings in the blockbuster world, but the star wants to make sure she continues to work with “great filmmakers”.
She said: “What I’m really looking for is any kind of good art or good filmmaking and something that feels challenging.
“If this is another action movie and again in a big franchise, then I’m in. If it’s in a musical, I’ll do it. It’s just what feels most valuable to me.”
The film’s director, Dan Trachtenberg, said he would like to make a sequel prey and, with a foretaste of the future hidden in the film’s credits, this new corner of the predator The universe could continue to grow.
prey Available to stream via Star on Disney+ starting August 5.
Watch: Trailer for prey