Just a year after the premiere of its latest live-action adaptation, the Resident Evil series has come from the grave with the first trailer for the upcoming Netflix horror series. Based on the long-running Capcom survival horror franchise, “Resident Evil” stars Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker, one of the main antagonists of the original video game franchise. Tamara Smart and Ella Balinska portray younger and older versions of Wesker’s daughter, Jade, while Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, Paola Nuñez, Ahad Raza Mir, Connor Gossatti and Turlough Convery round out the cast with undisclosed roles.
The plot of the new series has been kept secret, however, the teaser trailer reveals that the show will be split between two timelines. The first episode, set in 2022, sees Jade transported to futuristic New Raccoon City with her father and sister Billy. While her surroundings may seem idyllic at first, Jade gradually realizes that her father and the Umbrella Corporation, which runs New Raccoon City, are hiding dangerous secrets. Set in 2036, the second episode centers around Jade’s exploration of post-apocalyptic London and her fight for survival against the bloodthirsty infected victims of a global epidemic caused by the Umbrella Corporation.
Previously, the game franchise was the basis for six feature films produced and directed by Paul WS Anderson, which premiered from 2002 to 2016. The series, in which Milla Jovovich played Alice as her original character, included several characters from the original games, but did not continue. A reboot starring Kaya Scodelario and Tom Hopper, Welcome to Raccoon City, premiered last year to mixed reviews. In addition, he released three Japanese animated films and a Netflix CGI mini-series Infinite Darkness last year.
The Netflix series is directed by Andrew Dabb, best known for his work on the popular CW series “Supernatural.” He is the writer and executive producer with Mary Leah Sutton. The series is produced by Constantin Film and produced by Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben. The “Resident Evil” video game series, which follows a rotating cast of heroes as they investigate the crimes of the Umbrella Corporation, debuted in 1996 with the original Playstation video game from director Shinji Mikami and producer Tokuro Fujiwara. The series has since released 13 main titles and several spin-offs, and has sold over 120 million copies worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing video game franchises in the world.
All eight episodes of Resident Evil will premiere on Netflix on July 14.