T.I., Meagan Good, & Tony Jaa Lead Cast of 'Monster Hunter'
Paul W.S. Anderson is set to direct The Monster Hunter starring Milla Jovovich, Ron Perlman, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, and Tony Jaa. The film, which wrapped production in late 2018 and currently in post-production, is loosely based on the Capcom video game of the same name. Anderson is no stranger to video game adaptations, with Mortal Kombat (his second directorial feature film) and the Resident Evil franchise. The film is extra special to Anderson since he had revealed (to Slashfilm) that he had been a fan of the video game franchise for nine years and considers it to be a passion project. And that in and of itself is a fantastic sign that this will be a worthy video game film adaptation.
The cast is nothing to scoff at either. Of course Milla Jovovich is a go to actor and frequent collaborator and lends the film a level of star quality often lacking in video game adaptations. Ron Perlman is not unfamiliar with action-fantasy genres, starring in the Hellboy movies and Pacific Rim. T.I. is already in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Ant-Man and he continues to diversify his action movie portfolio with a film like this. And it’s always “good” to see Meagan Good on the screen in a major production after her adorable performance in Shazam. But the casting of legendary action icon Tony Jaa as the titular Hunter is what should get action fans excited here and he rounds out a very colorful cast of character actors both seasoned and fairly new to most audiences.
Video game adaptations are a hit or miss for me. It had a huge resurgence in the 2000’s thanks to Anderson’s own Resident Evil films. But lately it’s a mixed bag of Detective Pikachu, Sonic The Hedgehog, Warcraft, & Tomb Raider. It’s hardly a safe bet at the box office and that keeps investors and major studios wary and skeptical. Yet, even with trepidation, they are still being produced. It’s an interesting child of two worlds. Since the video game market is such a lucrative industry, Hollywood thought it would translate to instant box office success. But the problem, really, is that the video games already look and feel cinematic and they have one aspect that movies do not: they are singularly interactive to the user. Here’s hoping the star studded cast is a saving grace.
The Monster Hunter was originally scheduled to be released on September 4, 2020, but was delayed to April 23, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.