TOHO announced on Thursday that it will release the live-action film based on CAPCOM's Monster Hunter game franchise in Japan on March 26, 2021. The film will be in IMAX 3D, MX4D, 4DX, and Dolby Cinema.
The film is scheduled for its world premiere in the United States on December 30, 2020.
Sony Pictures and TOHO had originally planned to release the film in North America and Japan, respectively, on September 4, 2020, but was delayed to April 23, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, before being moved up to the December 30 date. The first official trailer was released on October 14, 2020.
The film adaptation based on the series has been in conception since 2012 by director Paul W. S. Anderson. The film was formally announced by Capcom in October 2018, with production starting that month with Constantin Film. Principal photography on the film began on October 5, 2018, and was completed on December 19, 2018, in Cape Town, South Africa. The film's budget is around US$60 million. Sony Pictures is distributing the film in North America, and TOHO is distributing the film in Japan.
The film stars Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil movie franchise) as the film-original character Captain Natalie Artemis and martial arts actor Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak film series) as "The Hunter." Ron Perlman (Hellboy film series, Pacific Rim) plays the Admiral, who is the leader of The Hunter's crew. T.I. Harris (Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp) plays a sniper named Link, Diego Boneta (Pretty Little Liars) plays Sergeant Marshall, and Hirona Yamazaki plays the Handler. Meagan Good and Josh Helman also have roles in the film.