The Resident Evil reboot has wrapped up production ahead of its release later this year.
After a successful six movie run starring Milla Jovovich that spanned fourteen years and generated over $1 billion at the box office, the Resident Evil franchise is set to return to the big screen in time for Halloween.
While the franchise certainly raked in the cash, fans of the video game series never seemed to fully embrace the movies. With this in mind, director Johannes Roberts plans to stay more faithful to the games and the terrifying experience they delivered to players.
In an earlier interview with Screen Rant, Roberts gave fans some assurance, “It’s gonna be super scary. It’s super, super scary. And it’s just getting back to the roots of the game. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
Set in 1998, the movie will also serve as an origin story for the first game and is largely set in the Spencer mansion.
The film is being helmed by director Johannes Roberts, whose horror movie pedigree includes 47 Meters Down series and The Strangers: Prey At Night.
The cast has also been completely reworked for the reboot. And as the story is centered around the original two games, many classic fan-favorite characters will be returning.
British-Nigerian actress Hannah John-Kamen, who delivered a wonderfully nuanced performance as the tragically determined antagonist in Ant Man and The Wasp, will play Jill Valentine. Although a fan favorite, Valentine mostly appeared as a cameo in the original movie series.
Also cast are Robbie Amell (The Flash, Upload) as Chris Redfield, Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) as Claire Redfield, and Avan Jogia who gives a great performance as the protagonist on SyFy’s Ghost Wars series as Leon S. Kennedy.
Rounding out the cast as the series iconic villains are Neal McDonough (Arrow, Captain America: The First Avenger) as William Birkin, and Tom Hopper who plays Luther in Netflix’s Umbrella Academy as Albert Wesker.
The continued success of the Resident Evil video games is proof that fans have a taste for well-done horror gaming and would likely want to see their favorites on screen.
But while this movie is likely to be a box-office success it remains to be seen if the reboot will successfully deliver on the high expectations of fans of a game that is credited with defining the survival horror genre.