The upcoming Resident Evil film from Constantin Film, the studio that originally brought the franchise to the big screen, has officially been cast. Writer-director Johannes Roberts will helm the new story that will take place in 1998 Racoon City and explore the origins of the Resident Evil mythos. Roberts says the film will resemble the games more closely than its Milla Jovovich led predecessors, but as someone who’s been burnt by Resident Evil adaptations before, I will believe it when I see it.
The film is set for a tentative 2021 release window and will feature Kaya Scodelario (Skins) as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell (The Flash) 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.
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“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 Roberts in a news release, with original franchise producer Robert Kulzer adding “we felt compelled to return to the year 1998, to explore the secrets hidden in the walls of the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City.”
The new movie will be yet another entry in the Resident Evil roster for 2021, alongside a Netflix series focusing on ‘the Wesker kids’, the CG Resident Evil Infinite Darkness feature and of course, Resident Evil Village coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.