‘Prey’ actor Dakota Beavers. A fierce warrior with a heart of gold

‘I couldn’t think of a better franchise, a better character or better people to work with,’ says Beavers

‘Prey’ actor Dakota Beavers has never been in a feature film before. That didn’t stop him from becoming the co-star in the latest Predator movie premiering on HULU titled Prey.

In an interview with Native Viewpoint, Beavers, who is Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, and Mexican as well as Scottish, couldn’t hold back his excitement.

“Oh, man, I’m just forever excited,” said Beavers. “I couldn’t think of a better franchise, a better character, or better people to work with. I just feel so blessed. You’ve got Natives, and you’ve got the Predator man. I mean, what could be better?”

(L-R): Dakota Beavers as Taabe and Amber Midthunder as Naru in 20th Century Studios' PREY, exclusively on Hulu. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
(L-R): Dakota Beavers as Taabe and Amber Midthunder as Naru in 20th Century Studios’ PREY, exclusively on Hulu. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Prey, to be released on HULU on August 5, will release an English and Comanche Nation language-dubbed version, period-accurate regalia, and Native lead actors Amber Midthunder and Dakota Beavers.

Video interview with Dakota Beavers

Prey, set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago.

Midthunder portrays Naru, a skilled female warrior seeking to prove herself to her tribe. Dakota Beavers –a musician and acting newcomer in the film industry — portrays the character Taabe, Naru’s older brother.

Beavers, who chose to do all of his own stunts in the film, says he strove to play a brother that expressed support to his sister in the film rather than playing the stereotypical jealous older brother.

He said in the interview that it is important for Native men to know that even though someone is warrior, they can still express kindness and love.

(L-R): Cody Big Tobacco as Ania, Dakota Beavers as Taabe, Stormee Kipp as Wasape, Skye Pelletier as Tabu, and Tymon Carter as Huupi in 20th Century Studios' PREY, exclusively on Hulu. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
(L-R): Cody Big Tobacco as Ania, Dakota Beavers as Taabe, Stormee Kipp as Wasape, Skye Pelletier as Tabu, and Tymon Carter as Huupi in 20th Century Studios’ PREY, exclusively on Hulu. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

“I want young guys out there to know that you can be strong and you could be a warrior. You can be tough, but you can be kind. You don’t have to be a jerk. You can be silly, you can be happy, and you can care for your mom and your sister and your little brothers and sisters. You can still be strong. You don’t have to be stoic all the time.”

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The Predator franchise’s Prey, premieres on @HULU, August 5, 2022.

The film was directed by Dan Trachtenberg and executive produced by Comanche Nation citizen Jhane Myers.


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