A brief string of clips from Paul W.S. Anderson’s Monster Hunter movie surfaced today. They were shown off at the Shanghai International Film Festival, and secretly recorded with a cell phone. It’s the first look anybody in the world has gotten at the monsters in the movie.

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This leak brings with it new details about the film’s plot, and…if you ask us, it doesn’t sound good. We’ve known Milla Jovovich (Paul’s wife, who stars in all his movies) and Tony Jaa would play the main human characters in the film….but we didn’t know who they were supposed to be. Turns out Jovovich is playing Lt. Artemis, a military commander whose unit is sent to the Monster Hunter world. Jaa is a native hunter who has to teach her how to survive.

The thing about premises like this — where a person from our world is sent to the game’s world or vice-versa — is that they rarely turn out good. People pay for these films mainly for the IP, not to watch some clueless person stumble around interacting with the IP because they’re “relatable.”

The Monster Hunter movie will also star Ron Perlman, T.I. Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, and Jin An-Yeung. It’s due out on September 4, 2020, whether it’s halfway decent or not.

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