Prey’s Predator Actor Wants to Be the Next Jason in Friday the 13th Reboot

It’s probably just a matter of time before Jason Voorhees slashes his way back to the screen in a new Friday the 13th film, and when that time comes, Prey actor Dane DiLiegro wants to be in the running for the role. Currently, DiLiegro can be seen in Prey as the Predator prequel is now streaming on Hulu. While previous Predator movies have taken a pummeling by critics, the response to Prey has been largely positive with a 92% score at Rotten Tomatoes.

DiLiegro, a former professional basketball player, spoke about his role in the film in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. When he retired from the sport, DiLiegro moved to Hollywood with two specific dream roles in mind. One of them he can already scratch off of his wish list with his casting in Prey while the other would be Friday the 13th series antagonist Jason Voorhees. As DiLiegro says:

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“I retired from basketball just short of three years ago and moved to Los Angeles to start acting. I had two characters in mind that I wanted to do. One was the Predator, the other was Jason Voorhees for Friday the 13th. To this day, I can’t believe that I got the opportunity to portray the Predator. I still can’t believe it.”

The basketball player turned actor also explained how he happened to secure his casting as a primitive Predator in Prey. Initially, DiLiegro just so happened to be asked by the suit designer, Alec Gillis, to help him work on a design pitch for an unnamed project. When he arrived, he was thrilled to learn it was a Predator movie. Making the best of the opportunity, DiLiegro lobbied for the role and it was ultimately given to him.

“I didn’t even know what the project was. I went in and I saw the Predator suit from the last movie on the table. Oh, this is Predator! They had 3D printed an idea of what they wanted for the new head, and I put on the suit and I put on the head, and Dan, our DP Jeff Cutter, and Marty Ewing our producer, came to the studio, and I did my take on this Predator, and how I thought he should move. I realized that they hadn’t cast anyone for this Predator and I told them, I will do anything to be your Predator. Long story short, I ended up doing all the acting, all the stunts, and all the mo-cap [motion capture] for this character.”

Dane DiLiegro Has His Eyes on Jason Voorhees

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Circling back to Jason Voorhees, DiLiegro says playing the masked murderer remains a dream role. To explain just how important that role is to him, the actor reveals how he’s long a big fan of the franchise who had gone trick-or-treating as Jason on four separate years.

“I definitely have my eyes on it. My parents went to this Halloween festival in Massachusetts and I was too scared to go, so they came back with a knife autographed by the actor who played Jason Voorhees. I still have it to this day. I was Jason for four Halloweens.”

Prey is now streaming on Hulu.