Milla Jovovich Will Wield Dual Blades in Monster Hunter Film, Inspired By Her In-Game Main

Milla Jovovich Will Wield Dual Blades in Monster Hunter Film, Inspired By Her In-Game Main

Director Paul W.S. Anderson is preparing to deliver another (great?) video game adaptation.

While theatrical releases as a whole are paused, studios are still planning and promoting upcoming films. Over at Empire Online, we're getting another look at Monster Hunter, an adaptation of the Capcom game series of the same name. The new look is an image of actress Milla Jovovich as the movie's lead Artemis, wielding Dual Blades.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson, famous for writing and producing all of the Resident Evil films and directing most of them, has been working on Monster Hunter for a few years now. The image precedes an Empire interview with Anderson and Jovovich. (The pair have been married since 2009.)

In the interview, Anderson admits that the weapons that Jovovich's Artemis uses are based on the weapons she uses in the Monster Hunter games. "Although Milla’s character’s not specifically in the game, she chose the same armour and weapons she uses in the game, so there were aspects of her game character that got folded into the movie representation," said Anderson.

"Yeah, she’s not based on a character from the game. Paul wrote her as the captain of a team of Army Rangers that go in to rescue their colleagues," said Jovovich. "I experimented with different weapons during the game and was able to kill more monsters with those blades. I thought they’d look really beautiful in an action sequence."

The pair are apparently huge fans of the games, which actually lines up with previous reporting regarding Monster Hunter. Anderson pitched the idea of a Monster Hunter movie to Capcom around nine years ago, following the fourth Resident Evil movie. "What I love about Monster Hunter is the incredibly beautiful, immersive world they've created. It's on the level of like a Star Wars movie, in terms of world creation," said Anderson in 2016. "There are no real central characters so it's a bit like when we first approached Resident Evil and imposed our own characters and story on that world. I think this is a perfect IP for us to do exactly that same thing again."

The primary cast is Jovovich, Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa, cult-favorite actor Ron Perlman, and rapper T.I. Jovovich and T.I. play soldiers from our world, while Jaa and Perlman are hunters from the MonHun world. The plot has the platoon of soldiers heading into an alternate world, before a climax where monsters find their way into our world. Monster Hunter will be coming to theaters in 2021… maybe.

While you're waiting for the movie, Monster Hunter World is getting another new update this week, adding the monster Alatreon. The update was supposed to launch in May, but was pushed back due to the pandemic.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

In other news

Control: Ultimate Edition Confirms PS5 and Xbox Series S/X Dates and Ray Tracing Toggle

If you were hoping for the highest of high-end performance… dream on, Faden.

The SNES Can Do Ray Tracing Thanks to a Homebrew “SuperRT” Chip

Ben Carter's chip design makes real-time lighting and reflections possible on a 30-year-old console.

Xbox Is Hosting a Space Jam Game Jam Design Contest

We got a real (game) jam goin' now.

Need help?

Apex Legends Vaults - Where to Find the Vaults and How to Open Them

Need to know how to find a Vault Key in Apex Legends to open one of the three vaults? We've got you covered.

Gears 5 Collectibles - How to Find All Collectible Locations

Here's our guide to the Gears 5 collectible locations, including Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, and Act 4 collectibles.

Devil May Cry 5 Devil Breakers - Devil Breaker Arm Abilities in Devil May Cry 5

Here's our complete breakdown of every Devil Breaker arm ability for Nero in Devil May Cry 5.

Sekiro Tips - How to Beat Every Boss and Survive in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

This is our complete beginner's guide to surviving Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, including a list of essential tips and tricks.