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New Resident Evil cast announced as director promises return to scary roots of the franchise

October 7th, 2020 by Marc Comments


Well, it really is the rebirth of the Resident Evil franchise, isn’t it?

We have the new game, Resident Evil Village coming (here) and Netflix is developing a live-action series as well as an animated series (here) and, as if that’s not enough, 47 Meters Down’s Johannes Roberts is directing a big screen version too and we now have the cast list and it’s pretty damned cool.

The big screen outing will be set, once again, in Racoon City in 1998 – that’s in between the time the first and second games were both released on Playstation and will, according to Roberts, be a proper throwback to the scary days of the original games.

Because, let’s be honest, the movies that have gone before, while fun, grew further and further from the original premise the more they made.

“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,” Roberts said.

Now, that all sounds cool, but what of the cast?

Well, it’ll have Kaya Scodelario (Crawl) as Claire Redfield, 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’s an exciting list of names for fans of the original RE franchise as these are all the core characters of the game universe and the idea of having them all together in a proper scart Resident Evil movie? Well, that’s a big ‘yes, please’ from me…

Resident Evil will appear in cinemas (probably) in 2021.

Source: Deadline

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….