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The long-rumoured live-action Resident Evil movie reboot cast has finally been announced, and I'm already incredibly excited for this second attempt at bringing the survival horror franchise to the big screen. The Paul W. S. Anderson-directed movies from back in the day certainly have their charms, but let's face it: they didn't really have anything in common with the games after the first instalment.
The good news is that the upcoming reboot sounds like a fairly faithful adaptation of the first two games in the series. In a statement given to Deadline, director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) said that he really wants to take the franchise back to its roots - which means grisly horror rather than over-the-top action.
"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" he explained. "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 Hollywood Reporter also shared details on the cast for the live-action film, and there's some serious talent lined up. The reboot will star the following fantastic actors: Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) as Clarie Redfield. Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man & The Wasp) as Jill Valentine. Robie Amell (Upload) as Chris Redfield. Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) as Albert Wesker. Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) will play Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) will play Dr. William Birkin.
From the sounds of it, the upcoming reboot will likely smush the stories of the original Resident Evil and its sequel together. I suspect the film will cut between Claire and Leon's ordeal in Raccoon City as Chris and Jill deal with the mystery of Spencer Mansion. Combining haunted house horror with a straight-up zombie apocalypse could make for a pretty damn exciting film, I have to say.
It's certainly a good time to be a fan of Resident Evil. In addition to the live-action movie, we're also getting two brand new Netflix shows. The first is a CG series called Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, and sees Leon and Claire teaming up together again to solve a mystery. The second is a live-action show that will deviate from the games to tell an all-new story that jumps between the past and the future.
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