Film Will Be Released Next Year
In a tweet from the official Resident Evil film series, a small teaser image confirmed that shooting has wrapped on the reboot.
After a six-film series starring Milla Jovovich, the franchise is set to return to the drawing board, focusing on the original two games and the experience they delivered to players.
See the tweet here –
That’s a wrap in Raccoon City. 🎬
diREcted by Johannes Roberts pic.twitter.com/9HdIf7shs2
— Resident Evil (@ResidentEvil) December 28, 2020
The film is set to be an “origin story adaptation” of the popular Capcom video game franchise, taking place in Raccoon City in 1998. It is planned to kick-off –
“a new universe inspired by storylines and characters from Capcom’s classic Resident Evil games.”
Director Johannes Roberts said in a statement –
“With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and recreate 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,”
As the story is centred around the original two games, Resident Evil’s cast has been completely reworked for the reboot and will star Hannah John-Kamen (Ready Player One) has been cast as Jill Valentine, along with Robbie Amell (The Flash) as Chris Redfield, both characters featured in the original Resident Evil. Joining them is Kaya Scodelario (Skins) as Claire Redfield and Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) as Leon. S Kennedy, filling the roles of the two main protagonists in Resident Evil 2.
The cast is also joined by Neal McDonough (Minority Report) as William Birkin, and Tom Hooper (The Umbrella Academy) as Albert Wesker, filling the shoes of long-running series villains.
The Resident Evil reboot is set to hit theaters in 2021.