Netflix’s live-action series Resident Evil, starring Lance Reddick, will launch on July 14. 2020The series will follow two timelines: one before the zombie apocalypse, when 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker realize that all is not what it seems in the corporate city of New Raccoon City, and the other more than a decade into the future. , when everything went wrong.
Netflix series synopsis, courtesy of Polygon:
Year 2036 — 14 years after a deadly virus caused a global apocalypse, Jade Wesker fights for survival in a world overrun by insane, infected, bloodthirsty creatures. In this absolute carnage, Jade is haunted by her past in New Raccoon City, by her father’s frightening connections to the Umbrella Corporation, but mostly by what happened to her sister Billie.
Netflix also released a trio of digital promotional images to set the mood:
Evil has evolved. The new Resident Evil live-action series debuts on July 14th. pic.twitter.com/f7mEH2LsjNMarch 17, 2022
The series will star Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph and Paola Nuñez, but – with apologies to fans – the big attraction is Reddick, who will play the villainous Albert Wesker. Reddick is known for his roles in The Wire, Fringe and John Wick films, and he has also appeared in a number of video games, most notably Destiny, in which he plays the dark boss and Titan Vanguard Zavala. Reddick doesn’t seem quite so stern in real life, however: he’s gained the enduring affection of fans for his willingness to say things like “wielding darkness to clap“—in an unofficial capacity, of course.
Please note that this series is different from the Netflix anime series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness that premiered last year (and that we did not care), and the recent Resident Evil live-action movie reboot Welcome to Raccoon Citywhich is unrelated to Netflix, but apparently not very good.