‘Prey’ star Amber Midthunder: ‘Native women have the freedom to do what they want with their life’

Watch the video interview with Amber Midthunder as she discusses her starring role in ‘Prey,’ including swimming for five days in freezing cold Glacier runoff river waters

Amber Midthunder (Lakota Sioux) says the reality of becoming the latest star in the newest Predator franchise didn’t even really hit her until the day of our interview.

She admits when she first found out the level of the role she had received, she cried, though it was more of the sense of how overwhelming the concept was to her.

Midthunder has appeared in several productions over the years, including the TV series Legion and Roswell, New Mexico and the films Hell or High Water, The Ice Road and The Marksman, among others.

In an interview with Native Viewpoint, Midthunder expressed her appreciation for the cultural relevance and accuracy as well as her appreciation for the efforts of producer Jhane Myers (Comanche) and director Dan Trachtenberg.

Interview with Amber Midthunder

About the film “Prey” and Amber Midthunder

Prey will release an English and Comanche Nation language-dubbed version, period-accurate regalia, and Native lead actors Amber Midthunder and Dakota Beavers. The film was directed by Dan Trachtenberg and executive produced by Comanche Nation citizen Jhane Myers.

See related: Director Dan Trachtenberg, Comanche Producer Jhane Myers discuss Predator film “Prey”

Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of a young woman, Naru (portrayed by Midthunder) is a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so she sets out to prove herself a worthy hunter when danger threatens her camp. The prey she stalks and ultimately confronts turns out to be a highly evolved alien Predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.

Prey will stream on August 5, 2022, exclusively on Disney’s direct-to-consumer platforms: as a Hulu Original in the U.S., a Star+ Original in Latin America, and a Star Original on Disney+ in all other territories.

“Prey” stars Amber Midthunder (“The Ice Road,” “Roswell, New Mexico”), newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp (“Sooyii”), Michelle Thrush (“The Journey Home”), Julian Black Antelope (“Tribal”), and Dane DiLiegro (“American Horror Stories”) as the Predator. The film is directed by Dan Trachtenberg and written by Patrick Aison (“Jack Ryan,” “Treadstone”), with a story by Patrick Aison & Dan Trachtenberg based on characters created by Jim Thomas & John Thomas. It is produced by John Davis (“Jungle Cruise,” “Predator”), Jhane Myers (“Monsters of God”), and Marty Ewing (“It: Chapter Two”), with Lawrence Gordon (“Watchmen”), Ben Rosenblatt (“Snowpiercer”), James E. Thomas, John C. Thomas, and Marc Toberoff (“Fantasy Island”) serving as executive producers.


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