Returning to the origins of the massively popular Resident Evil franchise, fan and filmmaker Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, The Other Side of the Door) is about to bring the games to life for a whole new generation of fans as Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City releases on November 24, all of 25 years after the release of the original video game created by Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara.
Written and Directed by Roberts and boasting a stellar ensemble cast including Kaya Scodelario (Crawl, Maze Runner), Hannah John-Kamen (Unwelcome, Ant-Man and the Wasp), Robbie Amell (The Babysitter, Code 8), Tom Hopper (“Game of Thrones”, Terminator: Dark Fate), Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap), Donal Logue (Blade, Zodiac), and Neal McDonough (Minority Report, American Horror Story), the film transports its audience back to 1998 when Raccoon City, once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland… with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.
To celebrate the launch of this brand new cinematic take on the Resident Evil franchise that deep dives into what happened in Raccoon City back in 1998, SCREAM sat down with Robbie Amell who revealed feeling the pressure of playing Chris Redfield, being a long-time fan of the video games himself, and the surreal sensations he experienced when trying on all the outfits and stepping into exact replicas of signature locations from the games he used to play as a child, sat in his basement, at night.
Words: Howard Gorman