Writer-director Johannes Roberts is rebooting the classic video game-turned-horror franchise Resident Evil for a feature which will be an official origin story adaptation with faithful ties to Capcom’s classic survival horror games and aims to turn up the terror.
English actresses Kaya Scodelario (Skins, The Maze Runner) and Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp) will play Claire Redfield and Jill Valentine and will co-star with Robbie Amell (Upload) as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) as Leon S Kennedy, and Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) as William Birkin.
Roberts, the filmmaker behind shark thriller 47 Meters Down, said: “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.”
Resident Evil franchise producer Robert Kulzer will produce on behalf of Constantin Film and said: “After a dozen games, six live-action movies and hundreds of pages of fan fiction, we felt compelled to return to the year 1998, to explore the secrets hidden in the walls of the Spenser Mansion and Raccoon City.”
The first six Resident Evil movies, which screened between 2002-2016, starred Milla Jovovich and were written and directed by her husband, Paul WS Anderson. They made a combined $1.2 billion (£930 million) at the box office globally.
McDonough is one of the busiest men and most recognisable faces in Hollywood. The Arrow and Altered Carbon star recently wrapped the western/thriller Red Stone and is now filming Apex with Bruce Willis. He also stars in the sci-fi movie Monsters of Man, due to be released worldwide in December.