Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell Starring in 'Resident Evil' Origin Movie
Constantin Film is getting ready to finally go to Raccoon City.
Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen and Robbie Amell will star in Resident Evil, which is serving is the official origin story for the movie franchise based on the popular Capcom horror video games.
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Tom Hopper, Avan Jogia and Neal McDonough are also arming up for the project, written by and to be directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down).
Constantin has made six Evil movies, which have grossed over $1.2 billion at the global box office. Milla Jovovich starred in each, with the last one being 2016’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The new project reboots the franchise by going to the place that first unleashed a zombie apocalypse, thanks to a bioweapon virus developed by a corporation.
The story is set on in a fateful night in Raccoon City in 1998; the fictional Midwestern town is known in Evil lore as the center of a virus outbreak that destroys it and forever changes the country.
The movie will also feature characters that are central to the underlying Evil mythology. Scoledario will play Claire Redfield, who would eventually go on to become a major character in the games but in the origin is a woman heading into Raccoon City to visit her brother, Chris Redfield, being played by Amell.
John-Kamen is Jill Valentine, a member of an elite division within the city’s police department known as Special Tactics and Rescue Services. Hopper is researcher Albert Wesker, a duplicitous man serving the Umbrella Corporation’s dangerous mutant bioresearch while hiding his belief that mass extinction is what humanity needs.
Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) is Leon Kennedy, a federal counterterrorist agent, while McDonough (Yellowstone) is William Birkin, a virologist who turns ultimately turns against the Umbrella Corporation but in the process poses an even greater threat to the town.
“With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and create the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them whilst at the same time, telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feel both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences, said Roberts in a statement.
Producers on the reboot are Robert Kulzer of Constantin, James Harris of Tea Shop Productions (I Am Not a Serial Killer), and Hartley Gorenstein (The Boys). Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz is executive producing with Victor Hadida (Davis Film) while Alex Zhang (Greyhound) is co-executive producing. Dylan Tarason (Hell or High Water) of Constantin is co-producing. Alex Westmore and Colin Scully of Constantin Film are overseeing the project.
Sony’s Screen Gems division is planning on releasing the movie theatrically sometime in 2021. Constantin will distribute the movie in German-speaking territories, while Elevation will release in Canada and Metropolitan in France.
Scodelario is best known for her work in the Maze Runner movies and for 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. John-Kamen played Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp and will appear in prestige miniseries Brave New World.
Amell is coming off appearing in Netflix’s The Babysitter: Killer Queen while Hopper is one of the stars of the streamer’s mega hit, Umbrella Academy.
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