Monster Hunter Movie Reveals First Look At Milla Jovovich And Tony Jaa
It is no secret that fans are understandably concerned about Capcom’s upcoming Monster Hunter film adaptation. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring his wife, Resident Evil veteran Milla Jovovich, the set photos revealed thus far have depicted a modern military in a fish out of water story, which hasn’t exactly been sitting right with fans. Now, a new photo has emerged that may be enough to put some of those concerns to rest.
An exclusive new Monster Hunter movie photo has surfaced courtesy of IGN, which features both Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa’s characters seemingly charging into battle. Gone are the guns, vehicles, and military clothing from the previous set photos, replaced instead with armor and weaponry from Monster Hunter World. Check out the photo below:
Seen in the above image, Milla Jovovich’s character Artemis has shed her military clothing and donned what appears to be chest armor inspired by the Odogaron chest piece from Monster Hunter World, sans its usual red markings. Tony Jaa’s character, Hunter, is almost an exact replica of the Field Team Leader from Monster Hunter World, with the actor rocking a Giant Jawblade and a Great Hunter’s Bow.
In a phone interview with IGN, Paul W.S. Anderson discussed Artemis’ mismatched armor, stating that that is a nod to a player’s deliberate choice within the game to get the most out of different pieces of armor. “She is the game player, in a way, she is the audience’s avatar, their way into the world,” Anderson said.
In terms of the location, the film screw is currently shooting out in South Africa’s Atlantis Dunes, which, according to Anderson, was a deliberate choice in order for it to closely resemble the Wildspire Waste from Monster Hunter World. “We’re going into a much more rocky landscapes as well, we’re getting out of the desert and going much more rocky,” Anderson revealed. “There’s a chunk of the movie that’s actually set underground as well, in terrifying caves.” Thankfully, this won’t be the only environment within the film.
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.”
Anderson continued on to describe the ending location within the film. “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,” he said. “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.”
In addition to the new lowdown from Anderson, Screen Gems has also released the official synopsis for the film, which can be found below.
Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When Lt. Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her loyal soldiers are transported from our world to the new world, the unflappable lieutenant receives the shock of her life. In her desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers and unstoppable, revolting attacks, Artemis will team up with a mysterious man who has found a way to fight back.”
The upcoming Monster Hunter movie adaptation is expected to release in late 2019.
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