The Resident Evil reboot is promising to deliver a more faithful adaptation of the beloved survival horror game than the previous series of films. Fans have been anticipating this new iteration of the beloved franchise. One aspect of that has been the curiosity surrounding the new cast and characters. Well, we have an answer to that question and it should make fans very happy.
Deadline has a breakdown of the main players for this new version of Resident Evil. The cast of characters should be recognizable to any long-time fans of the series. The cast will include Kaya Scodelario (Crawl) as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell (Upload) as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) as William Birkin.
All of those names will ring bells for fans of Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2. This should also tell you what period in time this new iteration will be taking inspiration from. Writer/director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) announced that this new movie will act as an origin story set in 1998 in Raccoon City. It sounds like they intend to use the first two games in the series as the jumping-off point for this new film.
It sounds like there is quite a lot going on in the world of Resident Evil. Not only is this new feature film in development but Netflix also has a rebooted series on the way. Along with the recent success with the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, the series is more alive than ever. Will audiences be excited about a brand new feature film version of the franchise?
The idea that the new movie wants to return to the survival horror roots of the franchise is certainly a reason to make a new film. The Paul W.S. Anderson series of movies are more action-oriented than horror-focused. It would be great to see a new film series kick off with a dyed-in-the-wool horror story. Seeing a Resident Evil movie that puts scares above action is a great impetus behind rebooting the film series. And if we can see new horror-influenced takes on classic enemies, that is another plus for long-term fans of the franchise.
Writer/director Johannes Roberts certainly seems like a good talent to tap for this new iteration of Resident Evil. His entire career has been based in horror movies and he has found success with films like 47 Meters Down, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, and The Strangers: Prey at Night. Hopefully, he can bring that same level of tension and excitement to this new movie.
There is no current release date set for this new version of Resident Evil. Regardless, this great cast and the promise of returning to the horror that made the series so beloved is exciting for fans. We are hoping we will hear some more concrete news about this new movie once the new year gets underway.