Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, The Strangers: Prey at Night) is directing a reboot of the Resident Evil film franchise—and the first cast announcements have just been made!
Kaya Scodelario (Crawl) will play Claire Redfield in the film, with Robbie Amell (The Babysitter) playing her brother Chris. Hannah John-Kamen (Black Mirror) will play Jill Valentine, with Tom Hopper (Black Sails) as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough (1922) as William Birkin.
Set in Racoon City in 1998, the film is described as an origin story adaptation and is intended to kick off a new universe inspired by the classic games. Speaking with Deadline, Roberts noted: “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.”
The as-yet-untitled Resident Evil feature is slated for a theatrical release in 2021. We’ll bring you more details as we hear them.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)