Ron Perlman, T.I. Harris, And Tony Jaa Join Milla Jovovich For The Adaptation Of ‘Monster Hunter’

Milla Jovovich is re-teaming with her husband Paul W.S. Anderson for a film adaptation of another video game, ‘Monster Hunter’.  The pair previously collaborated on the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise.  Considering that video game movies are generally flops, the fact that ‘Resident Evil’ lasted six financially successful installments is a pretty significant achievement.  But the fantasy-themed ‘Monster Hunter’ is possibly more ambitious (i.e. expensive) and the stakes might be a bit higher.  This medieval adventure series allows players to protect their village by battling giant monsters.  The games have been offered in a variety of formats, traditional RPG, MMORPG, streamlined portable versions, and more.

Jovovich is playing a character called Artemis.  Joining Jovovich will be an old pro when it comes to the monster game, Ron Perlman.  Perlman will play the Admiral, leader of the Hunter’s Crew.  Perlman most recently headlined the Crackle series ‘Startup’ and lent his voice to the animated miniseries ‘Transformers: Power of the Primes’.  Before that, he headlined the popular cult series ‘Sons of Anarchy’.

But he may be best remembered for his big breakthrough in the 1980s TV series ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and the first two ‘Hellboy’ movies, directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Also joining the cast is rapper T.I., a.k.a. Clifford Harris.  He will be portraying a sniper named Link.

T.I. has had numerous #1 albums and hit singles including “Whatever You Like,” “Live Your Life” featuring Rihanna and “Dead and Gone” featuring Justin Timberlake.  He was featured on Timberlake’s #1 song “My Love” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

He has had numerous film roles, but perhaps most notably as Dave, part of Scott Lang’s crew in ‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’.

Finally, ‘Monster Hunter’ has also cast martial arts superstar Tony Jaa as The Hunter, who appears to be the movie’s male lead.

Jaa starred in the popular ‘Ong-Bak’ movies and has crossed over into more mainstream fare, like ‘Furious 7’ and ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’.

‘Monster Hunter’ is slated to begin filming next month in South Africa, with a budget of approximately $60 million.  Anderson wrote the script himself and is also producing with frequent collaborators Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer.

The film will be distributed by Screen Gems in the United States.  Check back for updates!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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