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Diego Boneta, the Mexican star who portrayed Latin icon Luis Miguel in Netflix’s biography series, is joining Milla Jovovich in Monster Hunter, Screen Gems’ adaptation of the Capcom video game.
Boneta joins a cast that includes an assortment of tough guys such as Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman and T.I. Harris in the project, which is set to go before cameras later this month in South Africa.
Paul W. S. Anderson, the writer-director behind the video game adaptation Resident Evil franchise, which also starred his wife, Jovovich, penned the script and is helming and producing with longtime cohorts Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer.
The game’s premise involves players taking on characters who track and kill monsters, leveling up with weapons and gear.
The movie’s plot centers on the leader of a UN military team named Artemis, played by Jovovich, who is transported to another realm populated by monsters. There she meets the Hunter (Jaa), with the two teaming up to close a portal to prevent monsters from attacking Earth.
Boneta will play a member of Artemis’ team, a communications specialist.
The Mexican-born actor made his feature debut in the all-star Tom Cruise musical Rock of Ages and gained international notices in the spring for toplining in Luis Miguel, Netflix’s Spanish-language biopic series that tells of the story of one of the biggest singers from Latin America.
Boneta, who is repped by UTA, Grandview and Hansen Jacobson, is currently wrapping up filming a key role in Skydance’s revival of the Terminator franchise that is being directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool).
Execs Scott Strauss and Michael Bitar are overseeing Hunter for Screen Gems
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