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Tony Jaa has a massive sword in the new image from the Monster Hunter movie


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 stars alongside Tony Jaa, Diego Boneta, 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 has begun in South Africa and IGN shared this new image of Jovovich and Jaa. As you can see the armour and weaponry in this image is looking more like those from the video game.

Artemis’ chest piece is directly inspired by the Odogaron chest piece in Monster Hunter World. Anderson said that Artemis’ outfit is mismatched as a nod to a character that a player might customize from different sets.

“She is the game player, in a way, she is the audience’s avatar, their way into the world,” Anderson said of Artemis.

He also talked about the filming locations.

We’re going into a much more rocky landscapes as well, we’re getting out of the desert and going much more rocky. There’s a chunk of the movie that’s actually set underground as well, in terrifying caves. There’s a more lush part of the movie, which kind of reflects the kind of lush, more jungle-y look of the Monster Hunter world. And then the climax of the movie takes place around a piece of the Ancient Civilization that’s, it’s kind of referenced many times in the Monster Hunter games.

The idea that there was this Ancient Civilization that existed in the deep parts, and which, when you’re playing the games, you sometimes kind of stumble upon the ruins of this civilization, an advanced civilization that brought about its own destruction. And one of those sets of ruins provides a big backdrop for the final act of the film. So it’s a pretty varied landscape. I mean, you’re not gonna get as many landscapes as you would if you spent fifty hours playing Monster Hunter World, but I think for a two-hour movie, you’re going to really go on an amazing journey with amazing visuals.

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