Cast and Details Revealed for ‘Resident Evil’ Movie Reboot
It just won’t stay dead.
The cast for the long-gestating Resident Evil reboot has finally been revealed. Note that this project is separate from Netflix’s upcoming live-action series.
Constantin Film and director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) announced today they have conceived a story whick will seemingly stick closer to the events of the famous video games than Paul W.S. Anderson’s entries. The main cast, as reported by Deadline, for this new iteration of the franchise on the big screen is quite interesting:
- Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) will play Claire Redfield.
- Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ready Player One) is set as Jill Valentine.
- Robbie Amell (The Flash, Upload) will be Chris Redfield, Claire’s older brother.
- Tom Hopper (Game of Thrones, The Umbrella Academy) is legendary bad guy Albert Wesker.
- Avan Jogia (Now Apocalypse, Zombieland: Double Tap) joins the team as Leon S. Kennedy.
- Neal McDonough (Minority Report, Legends of Tomorrow) will step into the shoes of virologist William Birkin.
There’s a good mix of veteran and younger faces in there, with some of them being long-rumored (Kaya Scodelario, for example). While the filmmakers are promising they will stick close to the source material, we can already see they are being flexible about the ethnicity of some characters, which doesn’t define them in any way, but we already know how die-hard fans can get really upset about this kind of stuff.
Johannes Roberts expressed his enthusiasm in a statement:
“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.”
Franchise producer Robert Kulzer will produce again on behalf of Constantin, with James Harris from Tea Shop Productions and Hartley Gorenstein. Constantin Film’s CEO Martin Moszkowicz plus Victor Hadida of Davis Film will serve as executive producers. Alex Westmore and Colin Scully of Constantin Film are overseeing the project.
Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems will once again distribute the film domestically, with Constantin handling German-speaking territories, Elevation distributing in Canada, Metropolitan in France, and Sony Pictures Releasing International handling much of the remaining territories.
Francisco J. Ruiz is that guy who has watched Jurassic Park a thousand times and loves Star Wars. His hunger for movies is only matched by his love for video games. He graduated in English Studies from the University of Malaga, in Spain. As he continues to write about what he enjoys (and doesn’t), he’s working on becoming a teacher.