The Sicario star was in negotiations to join the film's cast last month (Sep16), but he has since dropped out and the Iron Man 3 filmmaker is now eyeing the Gone Girl actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Details surrounding the role have not been revealed, but if Boyd signs on he will reportedly join rapper 50 Cent in the movie. Black is also reportedly trying to recruit Arnold Schwarzenegger to return to the film franchise for his revamp.

Schwarzenegger starred in the original Predator, which was directed by John MCTiernan in 1987. The last film in the franchise was 2010's Predators, which featured Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne.

Black's new film is slated to hit cinemas in 2018.

The news comes a day after it was revealed Holbrook is reportedly playing cyborg villain Donald Pierce in the latest Wolverine X-Men spin-off Logan. A picture of Holbrook sitting in a car has been released on the movie's official Instagram page, alongside the caption: "Pierce".

Logan, which also stars Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, is due to hit theatres next year (17).