‘Prey’ changes Hollywood with its Comanche portrayal

‘Prey’ changes Hollywood with its Comanche portrayal

Watch: prey Producer Jhane Myers on Native American representation

prey Producer Jhane Myers says the film’s portrayal of Native Americans has the potential to “change the Hollywood paradigm around how Native Americans are portrayed.”

The producer, who has worked on numerous projects with Native American characters, praised the portrayal on both sides of the camera predator Movie.

Directed by 10 Cloverfield Lane Set in the 17th century, filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg’s film follows a tribe of Comanche hunters who must defend themselves after the arrival of a Predator.

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legion Star Amber Midthunder, a member of the Fort Peck Sioux Tribe, leads the cast as axe-wielding young woman Naru, determined to prove herself as a skilled hunter as the men.

prey was filmed in both English and Comanche, with streaming services carrying both of the film’s languages ​​- a source of pride for Myers.

“This is the first time a brand new movie has been shot in a native language,” she told Yahoo.

Booty producer Jhane Myers and star Amber Midthunder are central to the film's portrayal of Native Americans.  (WireImage)

prey Producer Jhane Myers and star Amber Midthunder are at the heart of the film’s representation of Native Americans. (WireImage)

She added, “I think that changes the Hollywood paradigm when they think about native content and shows that it’s possible, and at scale.”

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Despite the presence of dozens of local actors in the cast, it is notable that the person in the director’s chair is a white male – something Myers had no qualms about.

She said, “As I read the script and as I interviewed and spoke to Dan, Dan’s heart was in the right place.

“It doesn’t matter that he’s not Native because overwhelmingly the entire cast is Native American.”

Amber Midthunder plays the Comanche hunter Naru in Prey.  (20th Century Studios)

Amber Midthunder plays the Comanche hunter Naru prey. (20th Century Studios)

Myers also said that many of the Native American employees who worked behind the scenes got their first break from the film and are still working in the industry now.

“When people think of Aboriginal people, we’re always in front of the camera, but here you have an Aboriginal producer and we had an internship program, so there were Aboriginal people in every department,” she said.

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Myers added, “In every section [of the production], we had aborigines so it was very convenient with aborigines. Dan had that vision and then he had the brilliance to let us fill it.”

franchise like predatorcome with built-in fanbases, of course, who have their own opinions on the direction of these franchises, but Myers thinks fans will love it prey.

Dakota Beavers and Amber Midthunder play Comanche warriors in Prey.  (20th Century Studios)

Dakota Beavers and Amber Midthunder play Comanche warriors in prey. (20th Century Studios)

“I grew up watching predator Movies and the first one has always been my favorite action adventure. This one I think is very similar to the first one because it’s just slimmed down and doesn’t have all those bells and whistles,” said the producer.

She added, “I don’t care how other films have fared because this one is structured as if it were a standalone film.

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“It’s in one franchise, but you don’t have to have the background to watch another predator movie to get this. I think if you look at this, you will want to look at others predator movies.”

prey is available through the Star platform Disney+ from 5.8.

Watch: Trailer for prey

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