The Predator Gets An Electric Motion Poster

Lightning has struck yet again for director Shane Black's The Predator.

Earlier this week, 20th Century Fox released a shocking still poster for The Predator, and now, the studio has surprised franchise fans with a motion version of the very same image. First found on the official Predator mobile app, the motion poster shows thunder cracking across the sky as bright bolts of lightning in the shape of the titular thermal-tracking monster flash to illuminate a cityscape below.

Take a look in the video above.

The original Predator flick starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer, the head of a special forces unit hunted by the eponymous alien creature, and spawned two sequels (Predator 2 in 1990 and Predators in 2010), as well as two crossover movies with the well-loved Alien film franchise (Alien vs. Predator in 2004 and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem in 2007). However, Black's The Predator isn't a sequel or a cut-and-dry reboot of the classic '80s pic. As star Keegan-Michael Key explained earlier this year, "It's not a sequel. It certainly lives in the universe of the five films that were made. I think that's probably the best way to say it and the only way I can say it right now."

Fellow film star Sterling K. Brown, who plays a yet-unnamed government agent, revealed that the movie will be hilarious and "very different than the original Predator." The actor added, "Shane [Black] has his whole take on it... It's got a really wicked sense of humor to it, which I love about it. And it's got a real camaraderie amongst the main characters that I think folks will be attracted to. That's pretty much all I can say."

Black himself has expressed that his take on the classic Predator story was crafted with care, and he hopes that audiences will be captivated by it. "Predator has been so overdone in a way–very low budget with a guaranteed return, every couple of years there's a knockoff churned out," Black said, explaining his ultimate goal with the film. "It's gotta get to the point where people buy their tickets in advance instead of saying, 'Oh honey look, another Predator movie. No, Adam Sandler's got this thing on TV, let's do that instead.' I want people to say, 'The Predator is coming, I know it's coming. We want to see it, it's mysterious, interesting, it's got the same sense of wonderment and newness that Close Encounters had when that came out.'"

The film also stars Boyd Holbrook (Logan) as former Marine and Special Forces commando Quinn McKenna, who discovers the existence of Predators; Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) as scientist Casey Bracket; Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) as Quinn's best friend and former Marine Nebraska Williams, who joins Quinn's predator-hunting operation; Jacob Tremblay (Room) as Quinn's son, who has a form of autism and plays a key role in the battle against the Predators; and Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter) as Quinn's ex-wife and the mother of Tremblay's character. Thomas Jane (1922), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Augusto Aguilera (Chasing Life), Jake Busey (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Niall Matter (The Good Doctor), and Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner) round out the cast. 

The Predator is set for release on August 3, 2018.