Netflix has released an extended trailer from Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness. And this time fans get a more detailed look at Leon S. Kennedy. Spanning almost three minutes, the video focuses on the series’ protagonist as he fights off zombies in the White House, while escorting the President to a safe bunker alongside his secret service colleagues.
Based on the Resident Evil franchise by Capcom, the series is set between the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. In 2006, after a hacking incident is uncovered at the White House, Leon S. Kennedy is ordered to investigate, but he encounters zombies when the White House is targeted in a mysterious attack. He later meets Claire Redfield, who’s been investigating a strange drawing made by a child refugee while working on a TerraSave-led mission to oversee the construction of a welfare facility.
Before its proper unveiling, Netflix Portugal tweeted out a teaser trailer on Twitter alongside the claim that it would be a CGI movie but deleted the tweet shortly afterward. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness was officially announced at the virtual 2020 Tokyo Game Show as a CGI series by the show’s executive producer, Hiroyuki Kobayashi. At the virtual Biohazard Showcase event in April 2021, it was revealed that Eiichirō Hasumi will serve as director for the series alongside Yugo Kanno as composer. Production is being handled by TMS Entertainment, with animation services by Quebico.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is a four-part series and stars Nick Apostolides as Leon S. Kennedy, Stephanie Panisello as Claire Redfield, Ray Chase as Jason, and Jona Xiao as Shen Mei. It also features Billy Kametz as Patrick, Joe Thomas as Graham, Brad Venable as Wilson, Doug Stone as Ryan, and Bill Butts as Maddog.
Since its release in 1996, Resident Evil has become one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time with more than 100 million games sold worldwide. The game series consists of survival horror, third-person shooter, and first-person shooter games. The first game was created by Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara and was released for Sony’s PlayStation. It is credited for defining the survival horror genre and returning zombies to pop culture.
With Resident Evil 4, the franchise shifted to more dynamic shooting action and influenced the evolution of the survival horror and third-person genres, popularizing the “over-the-shoulder” third-person view. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard moves the series to a first-person perspective, while Resident Evil Village introduced Lycans to the series.
The franchise has expanded into animated films, television, comic books, novels, audio dramas, and other media and merchandise. The Resident Evil game also went on to inspire six movies that have grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the most successful movie franchise based on a video game. In 2021, a reboot movie (the seventh in the film series) was made, titled Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. It is currently scheduled to be released on November 24th by Sony Pictures. Infinite Darkness is currently available to stream on Netflix.