Prey Actor Amber Midthunder Reacts On Her Movie’s Success: ‘I Wasn’t Expecting This At All’

The movie Prey from the Predators franchise comes out to be a huge success, especially comparing how much previously released sequels suffer to get such appreciation. 

This latest entry in the Predators franchise has been receiving non-stop praises from the audience and especially fans since the film dropped on Hulu last month to stream. 

Rotten Tomatoes has garnered 93% critics’ score for the film, making it the highest-reviewed movie in the entire Predators franchise. 

In fact, it was recently revealed by the streaming platform that more than 585 million minutes of the film have been watched just merely in the first three days of its release by the subscribers on Hulu.

All of this must have been overwhelming for the movie’s star Amber Midthunder who reacted to the success of the film while speaking with Collider. 

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Here’s what the actress has to say about the overwhelming response to the film : 

“There are no words for how that has felt. Really, the thing that I was thinking about the most, in making the movie, and then releasing the movie, was how Native people would feel about it. Indian country’s response to the movie was really what I felt the most anxious about. That was the biggest thing that was weighing on me, what the response for that would be. I feel like that’s who the movie was for and that’s what the movie was about, so to have it come out in that way, and to have Comanche people respond well, and to have Native people, in general, respond well, was a huge sigh of relief. And then, to have some of the interactions I’ve had with people, which have been really meaningful and really beautiful, and really, really moving, there’s nothing that could top that. There’s no amount of chart breaking or anything that could top what that means to me.”

The actress shared that her topmost concern regarding the film was how native people are going to feel about their representation in the movie.  

And she felt very relieved to get a great response from Comanche and other general native people. 

More than anything, she is so grateful for the response, and it was something that she could never have expected. 

As she adds “But then, you step back and look at all those other things, like the number one release and the high numbers on Rotten Tomatoes, and it literally feels like we’re living in a dream. I don’t think I thought about what would happen after the movie came out, but I know that I wasn’t expecting this at all, and I’m so grateful.”

Apart from the Midhthunder, other cast members featured in the film were Dane DiLiegro, Stormee Kipp, Dakota Beavers, Julian Black Antelope, and Bennett Taylor. The film is directed by Dan Trachtenberg and written by Patrick Aison. 

Here’s what official synopsis of the film Prey : 

“Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, Prey is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.” 

And the film director, Dan Trachtenberg, has recently shared the story behind the title of this Predator prequel. 

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He also talked about why this film wasn’t simply called Predator 5; it was supposed to be a loose spin-off because The Predator was also in production at that time, and the director wanted his film Prey to be different. 

Here’s what the director explained on the idea of deciding the title Prey for the film : 

“It’s the craziest thing. [Prey] was in my initial pitch for the movie. They were making the Shane Black movie [2018’s The Predator] that I assumed was intended to be a franchise starter, a trilogy perhaps, or what have you. So I knew the only way that they would agree to making this other kind of Predator movie is if I pitched it as what Rogue One or Solo are to the Star Wars franchise. So Prey would also be this other thing, and the title really suggests that it’s sort of a mirror to the main franchise.”

The director further added, “So that was in the initial pitch, and then I started pitching other titles. But everyone really fell in love with Prey, and I think it works so well because it has the exact same double meaning that Predator has. And there certainly is precedent. Other movies have used different titles that are still inside of another IP, and I think this one proves that you can still have success without calling something Part Two, Begins or what have you.”

Prey is now streaming on Hulu for you to watch. 

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