Earlier this year, we talked about Hollywood’s next attempt at a live-action Resident Evil reboot film by Constantine Films. The cast was only a few maybes at the time. Now, we have more names revealed.
This news comes from the Hollywood Reporter on the heels of two shows being developed at Netflix. One following the story of Wesker’s daughters and a CGI series, Resident Evil Infinite Darkness, that will feature Leon and Claire.
First, it’s worth talking about the two who haven’t changed. Claire Redfield still looks to be played by Kaya Scodelario. Likewise, Hannah John-Kamen will seem to be filling the role of Jill Valentine.
Originally, there was talk of Brenton Thwaites playing Chris Redfield, but that seems to have changed, and likely for the better. Now, Robbie Amell of Upload will be playing the iconic role. He certainly looks the part more.
Next, the franchise darling Leon S. Kennedy will be played by Avan Jogia. This is another strange pick. The actor in question doesn’t really seem to fit. Perhaps there’s something that the casting team knows that we don’t, though. He may surprise us.
For series villain Albert Wesker, The Umbrella Academy‘s Tom Hopper looks to be filling the spot. He’s not exactly my first choice as far as looks, but he definitely has the stature to be the intimidating, treasonous leader of S.T.A.R.S.
Finally, we know that legendary character actor Neil McDonough will play William Birkin, mad scientist.
McDonough has been in nearly everything, it seems. Most famously, he was in Band of Brothers. His looks don’t really align either, but the man can’t be a bad choice, honestly.
The movie is planned for a 2021 release, which is swiftly approaching. The plot seems to be based on a single night.
Perhaps the narrative will be split between the mansion and the city, turning those separate events into a single one.
What the Resident Evil reboot director is saying…
What’s promising is that the director, Johannes Roberts, has stated his vision for the movie is a scary one.
With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and 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 audiencesJohannes Roberts
While Roberts is the director, the crew includes producing credits for Robert Kulzer, James Harris (I Am Not A Serial Killer), and Hartley Gorenstein (The Boys).
Hopefully, we’ll get a release date for the Resident Evil reboot and more news soon!