- "I'm the one that got away. The one you don't fuck with."
- ―Noland (from Predators)
Ronald Noland was a former United States Army soldier from the 1st Cavalry Division who was kidnapped by the Super Predators and taken to the Game Preserve Planet. He managed to survive in the hostile jungle for many years, avoiding the Super Predators (and their dangerous prey) by hiding in an abandoned drilling platform. In 2010, he was found by Royce and the other individuals dropped on the planet at that time.
Noland was killed by Tracker when the Super Predators found and infiltrated his hideout.
At some point in his life, Noland joined the United States Army Air Cavalry and served during the Vietnam War. He remained with the military into the 1980s, during which time he was tasked with overthrowing a government that had crossed the CIA. However, as the mission took a turn for the worse, Noland was abducted by the Yautja. He later awoke free falling towards a jungle.
When Noland was first dropped on the planet, he was injured in the fall and found by a hunter. The hunter spared Noland due to his injuries and Noland eventually recovered by using his military training to survive. He later ambushed and killed the hunter he first came across after he landed. He later attempted to go to the boundaries of the Game Preserve only to realize that there was no boundaries to the preserve. Noland has survived for 7 or 10 hunting seasons, and at least twenty years according to another soldier, by hiding and evading detection and salvaging weapons and gear.
After several years on the preserve, Noland came across a man named Drake, who inadvertently drew some Predators while he was scavenging. Noland and Drake ended up scuffling before Noland noticed that a hunter was in the area. He then took Drake back to his home and offered the man some food. Drake attempted to talk Noland into taking the fight back to the hunters, even going so far to question Noland's honor as a soldier. Noland then told the man that when he had the time he had here then he could question him on his motives. Frustrated, Drake left, taking one of Noland's Smart Discs he salvaged off a hunter.
Noland then chased down the man for stealing his salvage only to come across Drake killing the creature that attacked him. Noland then took back the weapon and took Drake back to his home. Drake then came up with a plan to take the fight back to the hunters with Noland's help. Noland went on ahead to prep for the trap while Drake drew one out. The plan worked and Noland knocked out the hunter when it crawled out of the pit with sharpened sticks and tying up the injured creature. Noland and Drake argued what to do with the captured hunter with Noland stating it would just be better to kill it. Unknown to both men and the hunter, a Predator Falcon watches the three. Noland later left Drake after the disagreement. He witnessed his death at the hands of the Super Predators.
Meeting Royce and the othersan insectoid creature, (another alien released onto the planet as game). Noland kills the alien and decloaks, getting the jump on the team. When asked "What, the fuck, are you?" Noland removes his helmet revealing to the team that he is human. He later takes them to his hideout, where he explains the situation: the Predators have been harvesting worthy game from Earth and other planets for centuries, using them to improve their hunting skills. Noland explains that the Predators always come in groups of three and there is a blood-feud occurring between two different tribes - the "black" tribe, which is larger and more aggressive, and the "classic" Predators seen previously.
Later, as the group rests, Noland attempts to murder them by asphyxiation by smoke, in order to take their equipment as he believes it is every man for himself. Royce alerts the Tracker Predator by firing an explosive shell from his AA-12 so it can detect the heat signature. As Noland realizes this, he attempts to make his escape only to be confronted by Tracker who has taken aim, charging his Plasmacaster for the kill. Noland smiles and says, "Finally found me ol' big dog, what took you so long?" Tracker fires his Plasmacaster, blasting him into pieces and a large cloud of blood.
Personality & Traits
Noland is a scavenger and a survivor and through his means of staying alive has become mentally unstable, but at times shows enough stability to explain to the rest of the group his history on the planet and details about the Predators and their means of hunting as well as learning from their mistakes. He frequently speaks and argues with an imaginary companion, which apparently is in some form a manifestation of his conscience since it is the imaginary companion who seems not wanting to kill the group during Noland's attempt at causing smoke inhalation. Noland's "invisible" companion may be his deceased "partner" Drake. A way of not dealing with his death and now being alone again, or the result of feeling responsible for his death.
He appeared to be able to use Predator technology and armor. He was seen using the Predators' cloaking technology and used a Plasmacaster as a handheld weapon. His helmet used the rear portion of what appeared to be an ancient samurai helmet to patch his more advanced Predator bio-helmet.
- At one point, Noland hums "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner. This, coupled with the fact Noland was previously a member of the 1st Cavalry Division (Air Cav), is likely a reference to the Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now, which includes a famous scene where a flight of 1st Cavalry Huey helicopter gunships assault a Vietnamese village whilst playing "Ride of the Valkyries" over loudspeakers. Noland actor Laurence Fishburne played the character of Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller in Apocalypse Now.
- The character of Noland was originally supposed to be Mike Harrigan from Predator 2, to be played again by Danny Glover. However, Glover declined the role and the part was rewritten and recast.
- Noland explains that he has managed to kill two (possibly three, due to him being unsure) Predators and acquire their armor and weaponry.
- Laurence Fishburne accepted the role after enjoying Nimród Antal's directing on the set of Armored.
- Producer Robert Rodriguez has expressed an interest in a prequel movie about Noland.
- Predators: Welcome to the Jungle
- The Chosen
- Predators: Preserve the Game (mentioned only)
- Moments of Extraction
- ↑ Noland's actor's (Laurence Fishburne) height is 6ft 0 (182.9 cm), so that is also how tall Noland would have been.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Michael Finch, Alex Litvak (writers), Nimród Antal (director). Predators (2010), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ In Predators: Welcome to the Jungle, Noland asks Drake if the Soviets are still in Afghanistan, meaning he must have been abducted before the Soviet–Afghan War ended in early 1989. Later, he mentions the film First Blood, which was released in late 1982. This places his abduction some time between these dates.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Marc Andreyko (writer), Gabriel Guzman (illustrator). Predators: Welcome to the Jungle #2 (2010), Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ Marc Andreyko (writer), Gabriel Guzman (illustrator). Predators: Welcome to the Jungle #1 (2010), Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Marc Andreyko (writer), Gabriel Guzman (illustrator). Predators: Welcome to the Jungle #3 (2010), Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ "JoBlo - What could have been: Schwarzenegger's Predators cameo". Retrieved on 2014-10-10.
- ↑ "MovieWeb - EXCLUSIVE: Robert Rodriguez Talks Predators Prequel, Sin City 2, Spy Kids 4 and Madman!". Movie Web (2010-07-01). Retrieved on July 3, 2010.