In 2020, several new installments in the Resident Evil franchise have been announced. The most highly anticipated is an entire reboot of the action-horror series. Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming Resident Evil reboot.
The original series premiered with Resident Evil in 2002 and introduced the world to Milla Jovovich's Alice, who would carry the series as its lead for nearly 15 years. It was adapted from the popular horror video game franchise of the same name that was created by Capcom in 1996. The franchise has expanded to an astounding degree with the amount of merchandise, video game sequels and prequels, the movie series, and now a reboot as well as a Netflix series on the way. Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil details the events that take place in Raccoon City after the T-Virus surfaces from The Hive and infects people, causing them to become the undead. As the series progresses, it weaves in storylines familiar to the video games, but does not adapt them directly. For Johannes Roberts (The Strangers: Prey At Night), the video game stories and plots will play a pivotal role in his retelling of the events that took place in Raccoon City.
Roberts is a personal fan of the video games and, as such, brings a fan perspective to the project. He is the perfect person to direct it due in part to his talents in the horror genre, as well as his breadth of knowledge on all things Resident Evil.
RESIDENT EVIL REBOOT RELEASE DATE
On October 17, 2020, filming officially began for the reboot, meaning that it will be arriving to audiences sooner rather than later. Despite COVID-19 restrictions on the movie industry, Roberts has been able to begin production with a prospective release date in 2021. Although nothing is official, most Resident Evil movies have premiered during the month of September as fall begins and the Halloween season sets in. Based on these factors, it is likely that the reboot will release in September 2021.
RESIDENT EVIL REBOOT CAST & CHARACTERS
In early October of 2020, the entire cast and their corresponding characters were announced. The reboot will star Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, who first appeared in the video game Resident Evil 2. Her brother, Chris Redfield, will be portrayed by Robbie Amell of The Babysitter and The Babysitter: Killer Queen. Marvel star Hannah John-Kamen is set to play Jill Valentine, the main protagonist of Resident Evil 3. One of the franchise's biggest villains, Albert Wesker, will be portrayed by Tom Hopper of The Umbrella Academy. Neal McDonough is William Birkin, the man who brought on the destruction of Raccoon City. Perhaps one of the biggest announcements in regard to the cast and characters of the Resident Evil reboot movie was that Leon S. Kennedy, a fan favorite, would be included; he'll be portrayed by Avan Jogia.
RESIDENT EVIL REBOOT STORY DETAILS
Roberts intends to bring the series back to 1998, where it all began. The Resident Evil reboot will take place in Raccoon City and implement the secrets hidden there, as well as within the iconic Spencer Mansion. Due to the amount of beloved characters coming from the video game franchise, it's likely their stories will be implemented and merge together to create a cohesive plot that could lead to several sequels based on the wealth of storylines provided by the source material.
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