EXCLUSIVE: Prey star Julian Antelope Black talks about the Native American representation efforts for the Predator prequel, both in the cast and crew.

prey Star Julian Antelope Black discusses Native American representation efforts for the new predator Precursor. The film has already received praise for its indigenous cast and use of the Comanche language (the film includes a Comanche dub provided by the cast). Starring alongside Black are Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro, Stormee Kipp and Michelle Thrush.

prey follows Naru (Midthunder), a young Comanche woman in 1719 as she must fight a Predator and protect her tribe. The film is a prequel to predator Franchise set hundreds of years before the events of the original 1987 film, featuring a rather technically simple portrayal of the series’ antagonist. prey has already received a slew of positive reviews from critics, with many praising the action sequences, character development and portrayal of the Comanche tribe.


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In an exclusive interview with screen rant, Black talks about the work that went into portraying the Comanche in the film. He explains how the film’s producers struggled to accurately portray the language and culture, saying they had culture and language consultants on set to ensure all details were consistent. He also mentions Jhane Myers, one of the Comanche’s producers and cultural advisors, and how refreshing it was to work with someone from the same cultural background. Read his quote below:

It’s really been a breath of much-needed fresh air lately to see the industry actually making painstaking efforts to ensure things are being told accurately and to ensure the right people are advised to ensure they are who use language, make sure it’s spoken correctly, have language and culture consultants on set. For Prey, Jhane Myers, she is one of the main producers of this unit, she also served as Comanche cultural advisor, she is Comanche and Blackfoot herself. She was just great to be around and work with, very approachable which is so refreshing to see someone in her position and very receptive and open to collaboration and ideas that I’ve never heard of at this level heard a movie. So it was really nice to see. And I think it was very inspirational for a lot of our young people that were on set, whether they were cast for acting roles or they were just background actors just going about the day. I think it was very, very inspiring for them to see one of them in a position like that and to be so approachable, it works on so many levels. I find.

Dakota Beavers and Julian Black Antelope in Prey

With prey It’s refreshing to hear how much effort has gone into portraying the Comanche, as it turns out to be a standout element of the franchise. Black continues on how inspiring this style of representation is for younger artists and how in a film of this scale it can further increase the visibility of Aborigines in mainstream media. Prey, along with TV shows like Reservation dogs and dark winds, contribute to ongoing efforts to increase representation of Aboriginal people in the mainstream media.

Hollywood has a very troubled history when it comes to depictions of indigenous peoples and films prey take steps to remedy this. The attention to detail that went into it prey‘s portrayal of Native Americans is evidence that the tide is changing when it comes to film’s portrayal of Native Americans. Hopefully, prey will encourage other Hollywood productions to move in the same direction, and Black and other Indigenous performers will continue to see people sharing their stories in positions of creative authority.

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