The first Resident Evil film series starring Milla Jovovich lasted for a good fourteen years spanning six films. While this series raked in the cash, fans of the video game series it was based on didn’t like it. Now, Sony Pictures is going to try to do better for the fans. A Resident Evil reboot film is coming this 2021. This new film will be more faithful to the video game series, which is everything the first series wasn’t. With filming wrapped up just before the end of the year, here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming movie.

The reboot will be more faithful to the video game series

Screenwriter Greg Russo says that he drew inspiration from the most recent release in the video game series, Resident Evil 7. He says in a tweet that the Resident Evil reboot film will be scary, isolated, and alone. The scarier tone is indeed closer to the themes of the original Resident Evil films, from which the reboot film will be based on.

The previous Resident Evil film series was more akin to the 4th, 5th, and 6th entries to the video game series. Fans didn’t like the change in these games, which were more action-packed than horror. Since then with Resident Evil 7, the series returned to its horror roots.

The Resident Evil reboot film will follow the events of the first and second Resident Evil games, and is largely set in the Spencer mansion. Set in 1998, it will also serve as an origin story for the first game. In an interview with Screen Rant Director Johannes Roberts says about the film,

“It’s gonna be super scary. It’s super, super scary. And it’s just getting back to the roots of the game,” says Roberts. “It’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

Hopefully the reboot film will really return the game’s cinematic world back to its roots. The success of the Resident Evil remake video games are proof that fans crave for Chris, Claire, Leon, and Jill. If this movie becomes a success, it could even eclipse the record set by Milla Jovovich’s film series – becoming the highest-grossing film series based on a video game.

Starring Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield and Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield

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The Resident Evil reboot casting direction is an interesting one, with a great mix of talents. While the previous series’ leading lady Milla Jovovich moves on to a new Capcom film series in Monster Hunter, a new set of faces will be taking the lead in the franchise.

The new film will star Kaya Scodelario (Skins, Shockingly Evil and Vile) as the leading lady, Claire Redfield. Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, The Flash) is casted as her brother Chris Redfield is Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, The Flash). The two will be the main characters of the series, followed by Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy (Zombieland: Double Tap, Now Apocalypse) and Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Killjoys).

Scodelario specifically has played major roles in horror, suspense, and thriller films like Shockingly Evil and Vile and Crawl.

Playing as the film’s villains are Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy, Terminator: Dark Fate) as Albert Wesker and Neal McDonough (Sonic the Hedgehog, Arrow) as Dr. William Birkin. The two have major acting chops as villains, which makes them good fits for their new roles.

While recurring guest character Ada Wong will appear in the Resident Evil reboot film, other well-loved characters such as Barry Burton will not make an appearance. Lily Gao (The Expanse, Kin) will play the role of Ada Wong.

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Resident Evil reboot has just finished filming; release date news and Resident Evil Portal

Resident Evil reboot just completed its filming right before the end of the year, as indicated by a tweet by Sony Pictures. While the tweet is dated December 29, filming wrapped up as early as Christmas Eve. With the film set to release in 2021, the film would have been in development for four years. Work on the film started as early as 2021, with filming beginning on October 2020.

This means that Sony Pictures has enough time for post-production before its scheduled released in September 9, 2021. In the meantime, us fans can hope to receive consistent updates from Capcom about the film. 2021 marks the series’ 25th anniversary. Capcom will surely make a big deal about their projects next year. In addition, Capcom has just recently announced the Resident Evil Portal. This portal will serve as a one-stop-shop for everything Resident Evil. This includes this reboot film, the upcoming Netflix animated series, and all info and services related to the Resident Evil games. Other Resident Evil services in existing websites such as the Resident Evil Ambassador program will also be integrated in the portal.