Netflix has announced the leading cast for the live-action series “Resident Evil,” which has officially started filming at the start of this week. The eight-episode series will be of one-hour each.
Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker, Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Nunez have joined the team to fight the virus outbreak in Raccoon City. The character description of the cast (except Reddick) is yet to be revealed by Netflix.
Written by Supernatural executive producer Andrew Dabb and produced by Constantin Film, which also produced the six-film franchise based on the games, will serve as the studio behind the series. Dabb will also serve as the showrunner for the series.
The series is set nearly three decades after the discovery of the T-virus, an outbreak that reveals the Umbrella Corporation’s dark secrets. The story of the series will unfold across two timelines:
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. But the more time they spend there, the more they come to realize that the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing dark secrets. Secrets that could destroy the world.
In 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, while the secrets from her past – about her sister, her father, and herself – continue to haunt her.
Bronwen Hughes will direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the series. Along with Dabb, Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben of Constantin Film will also executive produce, as will Mary Leah Sutton. Constantin Film CEO Martin Moszkowicz will produce.
The first “Resident Evil” game was released in 1996. Since then, the game and the multiple new entries in the franchise have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. In addition, the Resident Evil film franchise, launched with the 2002 Resident Evil, consists of six movies to date and has grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. There are also “Resident Evil” animated films, comic books, and novels.
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