Netflix has unveiled a teaser for Resident Evil, the streamer’s upcoming series based on the iconic video game franchise. While there’s a new movie adaptation, Johannes Roberts’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, that’s now playing in theaters, this new series will not be connected. It’s also unconnected to the prior movie series with Milla Jovovich, serving as a standalone series that’s also inspired by the games.
The new teaser doesn’t show us much, giving just a glimpse at a Cerberus. Gamers will know that this is the name given to dogs infected by the T-Virus in the original Resident Evil games, a creature that has reappeared in many of the video game sequels as well as the various movie adaptations. It’s not much but it does have that certain Resident Evil vibe to it that will have fans interested in seeing more from the Netflix show.
A little has previously been revealed about the creative direction of the Resident Evil series. We know that it will be following Albert Wesker, perhaps the most well-known villain of the franchise, as he betrayed the S.T.A.R.S. team in the very first game. Lance Reddick is playing Wesker in the series, and also serving as main characters will be his twin daughters, neither of whom appeared in the games. This suggests the show may be toeing the line between sticking with the source material and introducing new characters and original storylines, sitting somewhere in between Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil movies and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.
Along with Lance Reddick, Netflix’s Resident Evil stars Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Nunez. A synopsis for the series reads, “In the first timeline, fourteen-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moved to New Raccoon City. A manufactured, corporate town, forced on them right as adolescence is in full swing. Cut to the second timeline, well over a decade into the future: there are less than fifteen million people left on Earth. And more than six billion monsters — people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, now thirty, struggles to survive in this New World.”
“For the most part, the Albert Wesker that I’m playing is not the guy from the games,” Reddick said in an interview with Express.co.uk, clarifying that this isn’t a 100% faithful adaptation. “Rather, he is based on a guy from the games. Wesker seemed like he had a small role in one or two of the movies, so I came to the role without a backstory. I’m awake enough to know that Resident Evil is a huge property and so in that regard, I was really excited to interface with the fan base.”
Netflix has not set a release date for the Resident Evil series just yet, though it’s expected to arrive in 2022. Meanwhile, fans can watch the new movie Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City which is now playing in theaters. As the critics haven’t been too kind, it’s unclear if that movie will be getting any sequels, much less the number that the prior series had.
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