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Ron Perlman, Tony Jaa and T.I. Harris join Milla Jovovich in the Monster Hunter movie

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The Monster Hunter video game franchise is getting a big screen adaptation. Constantin Film is behind the new film, which will be directed by Paul W. S. Anderson (Resident Evil). Milla Jovovich is set to star and THR has the news that Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman and T.I. Harris (Ant-Man and the Wasp) have joined the production.

The games are primarily action role-playing games. The player takes the role of a Hunter, slaying or trapping large monsters across various landscapes as part of quests given to them by the locals. Players use loot gained from slaying monsters, gathering resources, and quest rewards to craft improved weapons, armor, and other items that allows them to face more powerful monsters. While initially single-player games, more recent titles have up to four-player cooperative play, with all Hunters working together to take down monsters. Jovovich is playing a character named Artemis. Harris is playing Link, a sniper, while Perlman will play a man named Admiral, the leader of the Hunter’s Crew.

Jovovich is playing a character named Artemis. Harris is playing Link, a sniper, while Perlman will play a man named Admiral, the leader of the Hunter’s Crew. Jaa will play the male lead, known only as The Hunter, like the protagonists of the monster-slaying games.

Filming is due to begin next month in South Africa.

Martin Moszkowicz, Chairman of the Executive Board of Constantin Film, said that the film will be a highly stylish big screen adaptation of the video game. “Paul has proven over and over he does stylish movies. It’s one of his big strong points. He can make a movie look good, is very much into visuals,” he added.

Constantin will partner on Monster Hunter with “a big company” in Japan and another in China, both of whom will take equity in the project. These deals are “in the last stages of negotiation,” Moszkowicz added. Beyond that, Constantin will finance Monster Hunter itself.

Monster Hunter is based, like Resident Evil, on a Capcom property. On Wednesday the Japanese developer and game publisher announced that Monster Hunter: World is its best-selling game of all time, shipping 7.9 million copies since its late January release.

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