Watch: Amber Midthunder reveals her favorite prey action sequence
Amber Midthunder Revealed The Action Scene She’s Most Proud Of In New predator movie prey (on Disney+ starting August 5th) – and it’s not what you’d expect.
O Legion star leads the cast of director Dan Trachtenberg’s film, which follows a Comanche tribe who are hunters and hunted when a Predator comes to Earth near their home.
Midthunder plays Naru – a young woman hoping to prove herself as a capable hunter – who sees her opportunity when the biggest beast any of them have ever seen appears.
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The cast underwent four weeks on-set training in Calgary, Canada prior to filming, learning how to best use their weapons, but it was a different skill that Midthunder valued on set.
“Ironically, the story that we keep talking about isn’t really a big moment, but on filming it really felt like a big moment,” Midthunder told Yahoo when asked about her biggest action achievement.
The 25-year-old added: “My hands were tied and that’s when I had to get out of the thing to do anything. How do I untie my hands?
“We were talking about it and Dan was saying ‘something needs to happen’. I was like ‘Can I change this?’ and he was like ‘do you lean back somehow?’ I was tossing and turning and I happened to do it perfectly, so I was like ‘let’s do this’.
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“So of course we were going to shoot and every time it fell on my side or it hit me in the face or something stupid would happen. He said ‘maybe we should figure something out’ and I was like ‘no, I get it’.
“We went and that was the last take where we got perfection and he said ‘that’s the only one we needed’. It was this big win 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 stunts and weapon-based scenes as possible, with the boot camp helping to highlight their skills.
“It was really hard to figure out when it was most important to be dynamic and when it was most important to be efficient,” said the star.
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She added: “A lot of boot camp was also about people figuring out, ‘What am I proficient at?’ Is it archery? Is it the spear? What’s my best weapon?
“And then incorporate that into your character and be open with the stunts and guide each person’s abilities. What’s the coolest thing I can do with this weapon?”
Midthunder pointed to the sign language used by the Comanches in the film as something that grew out of the chemistry between the actors during training.
“We developed the sign language you see in the movie based on real Comanche sign language,” she said.
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Midthunder added, “Sign language wasn’t originally a part of the movie. It wasn’t part of the script. This was something that happened at the camp that was put in the movie.”
With his action hero credentials now firmly established, Midthunder will have no shortage of offerings in the blockbuster world, but the star wants to make sure he continues to work with “great filmmakers”.
She said: “What I’m really chasing is any kind of good art or good cinema and anything that feels challenging.
“If it’s another action movie and it’s in a big franchise again, then I’m there. If it’s in a musical, I’ll do it. It’s just to me what feels most quality.”
The film’s director, Dan Trachtenberg, said he would love to make a sequel to prey and, with a tease for the future hidden in the film’s credits, this new corner of the predator universe could keep growing.
prey is available to stream via Star on Disney+ starting August 5th.
Watch: Trailer for prey