While the upcoming Netflix series based on Resident Evil is taking on new characters, settings, and plotlines, the film series based on Capcom’s survival horror franchise is heading back to basics with a new reboot starring several of the series’ mainstays like the Redfield siblings and Jill Valentine.
In a series of statements given to Deadline, it was revealed that the reboot film will center around the events of Racoon City in 1998, which seems to imply it will feature elements from Resident Evil 2. Six actors have been cast in major roles, including main characters from the games.
- Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner) as Claire Redfield
- Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp/Tomb Raider) as Jill Valentine
- Robbie Amell (The Flash/The Tomorrow People) as Chris Redfield
- Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy/Game of Thrones) as Albert Wesker
- Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) as Leon S. Kennedy
- Neal McDonough (Arrowverse) as William Birkin
“With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and re-create the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them whilst at the same time telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feels both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences,” said writer-director Johannes Roberts.
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Almost all of these characters appeared in some capacity in the original live action movies that ran from 2002 to 2017. That series starred Milla Jovovich as Alice, an original character created for the movies. However, multiple characters, including the Redfields, Leon Kennedy, and Jill Valentine made appearances across the series’ run before it concluded with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
While the film series is being rebooted to be more in-line with the video game franchise, the Netflix series is taking a fairly divergent path by focusing on big bad Albert Wesker’s children. The plot synopsis of that show reads as follows:
“The Netflix series will tell its new story across two timelines. In the first, 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moved to New Raccoon City. A manufactured, corporate town, forced on them right as adolescence is in full swing. But the more time they spend there, the more they come to realize that the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing dark secrets. Secrets that could destroy the world. The second, more than a decade into the future sees less than 15 million people left on Earth. And more than 6 billion monsters — people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, now 30, struggles to survive in this new world, while the secrets from her past — about her sister, her father and herself — continue to haunt her.”
Beyond the live action show, Netflix is also releasing an animated series called Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness that will star Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, which is scheduled to premiere in 2021.