Fans of Monster Hunter have plenty to unpack today with the release of a new teaser image from Sony showing stars Tony Jaa and Milla Jovovich on-set and in costume. Monster Hunter stars Milla Jovovich as Captain Natalie Artemis, an original character not from the Capcom games, and Tony Jaa as the Hunter. And even though fans were originally very skeptical of the film after stills showed some questionable choices in terms of accuracy with the source material, fears were assuaged a bit after another photo shows Artemis wielding a pretty faithful recreation of the Slinger.
And this new teaser photo might help restore a bit more faith in the project.
Eagle-eyed users have noticed that the set wielded by Tony Jaa, who plays The Hunter, seems styled as a mix of set pieces and character from Monster Hunter: World. Looking closer at the costume, it appears to be drawing heavily from the Field Team Leader, a character voiced by Matt Mercer in-game. The design elements on the chest piece in particular mimic styling seen on the Odogaron armor set.
Check out the teaser image from Sony, via Twitter, down below. In terms of news about the film itself, the project is currently filming in South Africa, which the director apparently chose for it’s resemblance to the Wildspire Wastes from MHW.
Here’s how Anderson described the locales within the movie:
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.
with no firm release date set. The film’s director Paul W.S. Anderson admitted that he’s a fan of the franchise, but fans remain skeptical of the final product after some other on-set images showed some weird culture clashes with modern miliary weapons and garb being used for some characters.
— Sony (@Sony) November 20, 2018