It’s been confirmed by Constantin Film as early as 2017 that the Resident Evil films would return as a reboot separate from the movies directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich. However, it has now been announced that the upcoming movie will harken back to the first two games created by Capcom, complete with its traditional characters.
The franchise’s origin story will star Maze Runner’s Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Ant-Man’s Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Upload’s Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, and Zombieland: Double Tap’s Avan Jogia as Leon Kennedy. Neal McDonough from Yellowstone and Tom Hopper from The Umbrella Academy is cast to play William Birkin and Albert Wesker, respectively.
Writer-director Johannes Roberts, who is slated to produce the film, said to Deadline: “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.”
The upcoming film reboot will be a completely separate franchise from the live-action Resident Evil series Netflix currently has under production. Netflix also has a new CGI series coming to the platform that was recently showcased during this year’s Tokyo Game Show.
In other entertainment news, The Matrix 4 has bucked the trend for delayed productions and will now premiere earlier than originally planned.