Netflix’s new Resident Evil series is breathing new life into Capcom’s long-running game series.

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Over the past 20 years, there have been seven Resident Evil movies including a 2021 reboot titled Welcome to Raccoon City.

But the new Netflix series takes a different turn, following Jade and Billie Wesker across two timelines in both their teenage and adult eras.

The show begins in the future timeline in 2036, with an adult Jade fighting to survive in a world overrun by virus-ridden monsters, before flashing back to 2022 where a young Jade is haunted by her past in the form of her father's connections to the Umbrella Corporation as well as what befell her sister.

John Wick and The Wire actor Lance Reddick stars as Albert Wesker, one of the main antagonists of the original video game series, while Artemis Fowl's Tamara Smart and Charlie's Angels star Ella Balinska play the younger and older versions of Wesker’s daughter Jade.

Read on for everything you need to know about Resident Evil on Netflix including all the latest plot, cast and trailer information.

Alternatively, if you've already binged the episodes, why not read about the future of the show here, or check out our explanation of the season 1 ending.

Resident Evil Netflix release date

Billie and Jade Wesker in Resident Evil, played by Siena Agudong and Tamara Smart
Billie and Jade Wesker in Resident Evil Netflix

All eight episodes of Resident Evil landed on 14th July 2022 on Netflix.

Happy watching!

Who's in the Resident Evil cast on Netflix?

Resident Evil stars Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker, one of the main characters of the original video game series, it has been confirmed.

He’s joined by Tamara Smart and Ella Balinska, who play the younger and older versions of Wesker’s daughter Jade.

Adeline Rudolph, Siena Agudong, Paola Nuñez, Ahad Raza Mir, Connor Gossatti and Turlough Convery round out the cast in as-yet-undisclosed roles.

Meanwhile, Supernatural writer Andrew Dabb is serving as showrunner, while The Walking Dead director Bronwen Hughes executive produces and helms the first two episodes.

There will be eight episodes in Resident Evil's first season, each one clocking in at roughly an hour long.

Dabb said: "Resident Evil is my favourite game of all time. I'm incredibly excited to tell a new chapter in this amazing story and bring the first ever Resident Evil series to Netflix members around the world.

"For every type of Resident Evil fan, including those joining us for the first time, the series will be complete with a lot of old friends, and some things (bloodthirsty, insane things) people have never seen before."

What is Netflix's Resident Evil live-action series about?

Lance Reddick plays Albert Wesker in Resident Evil
Lance Reddick plays Albert Wesker in Resident Evil Netflix

In another departure from the original video games, Netflix's Resident Evil seems to be blending the horror franchise with another sci-fi favourite: Stranger Things.

An official description from Netflix reads: "When the Wesker kids move to New Raccoon City, the secrets they uncover might just be the end of everything."

The plot of the series will be spread across two distinct timelines, the first introducing 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker as they move into their new home.

They soon discover that their seemingly innocent town is more than it seems and their father is concealing dark secrets that put life on Earth in grave danger.

The second timeline jumps forward to follow Jade as a 30-year-old, struggling to survive in a world where only 15 million people are left alive.

The other six billion have been transformed into horrifying monsters by the T-virus, making survival a hellish ordeal made worse by Jade's own personal demons.

Of course, fans of the Resident Evil games will recognise the surname of Albert Wesker, a recurring villain from throughout the franchise, affiliated with the sinister Umbrella Corporation.

It's quite possible that the small town of New Raccoon City is located above an Umbrella research facility, making it ground zero for a zombie outbreak.

Resident Evil Netflix trailer

A brand new trailer has given fans a taste of the gore and action in store.

It’s safe to say there’ll be plenty of zombies and giant, mutated monsters – including plenty of massive spiders. Eek. Watch below:

A previous trailer for the live-action series made clear that the show will follow Jade through two timelines.

The first will be set in 2022 in the futuristic New Racoon City, while the second timeline will be set 14 years later, in 2036, following Jade as she tries to overcome armies of bloodthirsty zombies. Watch above.

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Resident Evil will land on Netflix on 14th July, 2022. Looking for something to watch? Check out our guide to the best series on Netflix and best movies on Netflix, or visit our TV Guide.

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