It’s not often video game movie adaptations live up to the expectations of the source material many have immersed themselves with over the years, let alone becomes one of the most faithful video game adaptation that builds on the extensive canon and lore of its world. However Paul W.S. Anderson’s Monster Hunter is breaking the mold.
Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Lt. Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit (Tip “T.I.” Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters a mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. As Artemis and the Hunter slowly build trust, she discovers that he is part of a team led by the Admiral (Ron Perlman). Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.
In Monster Hunter the story focuses on a real-world team that becomes trapped in the monster world, and the monster world’s locations that would be drawn from some of the real world’s strange and unusual but very real locations. Inspired by the amazing landscapes in the game, the team got to travel to some of the most incredible landscapes of South Africa. When not shooting in the natural world, they were on massive sets; rarely in front of a green screen to generate an environment.
As A result, the movie ends up paying homage not just to the Monster Hunter: World game, but to the entire franchise, taking place directly after the events of 2018 game. Specifically, right after the main narrative of the 2019 expansion Iceborne.
In anticipation of the movie’s release, The Koalition spoke to actress Meagan Good plays Dash, a masterful mechanic, incredible driver, and quick on her toes.
Through our conversation we learn what drew Meagan Good not only to movie but to her character, what it was like joining the Monster Hunter cast, the mental and physical training the role required, how she tackles a script and more.
Check out our full interview below.
Monster Hunter releases in theaters on December 18th.