Shockingly, the 'Monster Hunter' movie trailer is full of giant beasts

Milla Jovovich has a pair of flaming swords to help her battle the behemoths.

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Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson, the star and director of the Resident Evil series, are ditching zombies to tackle a different horde of video game-inspired creatures in their Monster Hunter movie. They offered a brief look at what they’ve cooked up in a teaser earlier this month, and the latest trailer shows off more of what’s in store.

As you probably expect, it boasts plenty of action — we’re hunting monsters here, after all. Artemis (Jovovich) is the leader of a United Nations military unit that travels through a sandstorm portal to a mysterious world, one that’s populated by monsters. The squad isn’t exactly used to battling huge beasts, so they team up with a man named Hunter (Tony Jaa) to try and take them down.

The group takes on some recognizable monsters from Capcom’s games, including a Diablos and a Rathalos. The games’ signature swords get a bigger spotlight in this trailer: we see a giant one on Artemis’ back and she wields a pair of flaming blades at one point.

The trailer, unsurprisingly, has a tone similar to the Resident Evil flicks, and it throws off some Starship-Troopers-but-less-campy vibes. Sony Pictures is aiming to give Monster Hunter a theatrical release in December. But with many theaters temporarily closing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and distributors and studios shifting their release plans for other major movies, you probably shouldn’t book your tickets just yet.