Another photo from the set of Screen Gems’ Monster Hunter film has surfaced, and this time, it actually looked like what fans have been wanting.
As part of a recent interview with IGN, director Paul W.S. Anderson offered the first look at one of the game series’ most iconic weapons—a Great Sword. As seen in the image below, actress Milla Jovovich has her Sling and dual blades, while actor Tony Jaa wields what will be called the Great Jawblade.
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Jaa seems to be a direct reference to Monster Hunter World‘s Field Team Leader, as he has a similar outfit and wields a similarly gigantic sword for hunting creatures. While Jovovich’s character Captain Natalie Artemis will be an original hero, Anderson revealed in the interview that all of her armor will be pulled directly from the games. “She is the game player, in a way, she is the audience’s avatar, their way into the world,” Anderson said.
As for the location of the photo, Anderson said he chose to shoot in South Africa’s Atlantis Dunes because of its striking resemblance to the Wildspire Waste. However, while the onset photos that have been shown so far have all been from this desert landscape, the director confirmed that fans will see several different locations in 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,” Anderson said. “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 kind of referenced many times in the Monster Hunter games.”
While the upcoming film sounds like it’s headed in the right direction to please fans of the series, we’ll just have to wait until it releases to get the full effect. For now, though, it’s great to see more references to the franchise sprinkled into the movie, especially when compared to the first onset photo that was released that showed off Diego Boneta repping an assault rifle.
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