2021 is set to be a golden year for Resident Evil fans. Capcom is planning to mark the horror series’ 25th anniversary with Resident Evil Village, two new Netflix TV shows and the beginning of production on a reboot that promises to be more faithful to the plot of the games. 47 Meters Down‘s Johannes Roberts is in the director’s chair, and has already revealed that the story is set in 1998 and he’s taking heavy inspiration from 1996’s Resident Evil and 1998’s Resident Evil 2.
It’ll feature an impressive cast as well. Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s Hannah John-Kamen will be playing Jill Valentine, Kaya Scodelario is Claire Redfield, Robbie Amell (Upload) will be Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) is Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) plays Leon S. Kennedy and Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) will portray William Birkin.
Now, popular fan artist BossLogic has brought the cast together on a spec poster and you can check it out down below:
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Of course, the big question is how Roberts will combine the stories of the first two games into a single narrative and which characters will be the focus. The debut title in the series saw Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine fighting their way through the zombie-infested Spencer Mansion, with Resident Evil 2 taking place about two months later as the virus hits the nearby town of Raccoon City.
My thinking is that the primary story will follow Leon and Claire through the aforementioned location (something hinted at by William Birkin being involved). Along the way, we might get flashbacks to Chris and Jill dealing with the early stages of the outbreak at the mansion, with all the characters eventually meeting later in the film. Even if this story deviates from the events of the games, though, it’s almost guaranteed to be more accurate to them than the previous movie series, which by the end was Resident Evil in name only.