Resident Evil Reboot Cast Announced; Franchise To Return To Horror Roots

Is it 1998 again because Resident Evil franchise is having an awesome renaissance! They have a new game on the way (Resident Evil Village) a new CG animated film about to drop on Netflix and the makings of a great film reboot on the way!

Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, The Strangers: Prey at Night) is directing a feature film reboot for Constantin Film, and we’ve got casting news today.

The “origin story adaptation” of the games is set in Racoon City in 1998, Deadline reports.

The cast includes Kaya Scodelario (Crawl) as Claire Redfield alongside 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.

That is a stacked, young cast that I am thrilled to see enter the survival horror world of Resident Evil.

“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,” said Roberts in a statement shared by Deadline.

The movie will be releasing theatrically in 2021, and it’s said to kick off “a new universe inspired by storylines and characters from Capcom’s classic Resident Evil games.”

The original Milla Jovovich led Resident Evil films were okay enough but at the end of the day they were guilty pleasures. Not to mention, Jovovich’s Alice character took center stage while long time characters from the video game franchise were pretty much glorified extras. The series eventually veered far away from the source material incorporating more science fiction elements than horror.

No release date has been set for the film.

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