We’ve seen Resident Evil turn into a pop culture phenomenon since it was first released on the Playstation back in 1996. It was revolutionary at the time and really blew up the whole “Survival Horror” genre that has now become so prominent. From video games to movies to TV shows, Resident Evil is everywhere. Now, we’ve got our first look at the upcoming film franchise reboot.
Today, IGN exclusively revealed the first photos for the upcoming Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. First up, we’ve got Leon Kennedy (Avan Jogia) and Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario).
Next, it’s S.T.A.R.S. team Albert Wesker (Tom Hopper) , Richard Aiken (Chad Rook), Jill Valentine (Hannah John-Kamen), and Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell).
Finally, we’ve got the monstrous Lisa Trevor (Marina Mazepa).
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is written and directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, The Strangers: Prey at Night) and will take place during the first two games. The big set pieces where the carnage will take place being the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City Police Department. Here’s the official plot synopsis:
“Once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland…with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, the townspeople are forever…changed…and a small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.”
The first Resident Evil film with Milla Jovovich is a guilty pleasure. The films ended up getting more insane as the series went on (just like the Resident Evil games) but Roberts told IGN that he wants to dial this RE film reboot back to the style of the original games.
“I wanted to go back to the horror of it all. I wanted scares and atmosphere rather than full-on action. I think fans of the game felt the same. They wanted to see the iconic characters and locations and feel that the movie was more in line with the Resident Evil game world so that’s really why we chose to go in that direction. We worked hand in hand with Capcom on this movie to the point that we actually got blueprints from them on the designs of the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon police station in order to recreate them as perfectly as we could. We even have the exact artwork up on the mansion walls. Capcom saw it for the first time the other day and was so happy and excited.”
Resident Evil on PS1 was probably the first game that actually scared the crap out of me when I was younger. Let’s hope this film can capture what made the original games so spooky and awesome. Also, they better throw the “Jill Sandwich” joke in there or I’m going to be upset.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will release in theaters on November 24th, 2021