Resident Evil origin story live-action movie announced, set in 1998

Resident Evil origin story movie cast Constantin Film Johannes Roberts Capcom Sony Pictures Screen Gems Leon S. Kennedy Claire Redfield Jill Valentine cast Avan Jogia Beck Victorious

The Resident Evil film and television news just does not cease. Constantin Film has announced an “official” Resident Evil origin story movie set in the year 1998 “with faithful ties to Capcom’s classic survival horror games,” per Deadline. The film is from writer-director Johannes Roberts and will be distributed domestically by Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems. In a surprising move, the cast has already been set, including for many major series characters like Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Leon S. Kennedy.

Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner) is Claire Redfield. Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp) is Jill Valentine. Robbie Amell (Upload) is Chris Redfield. Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) is Albert Wesker. Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) is Leon S. Kennedy. And lastly, Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) is William Birkin.

I would not have expected the guy who played Beck on Victorious on Nickelodeon to play Leon S. Kennedy in a Resident Evil origin story, but that’s the world we live in.

About the film, director Roberts explained, “With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and re-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 feels both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences.”

Along those lines, it seems like this will be disconnected from the myriad Paul W.S. Anderson Resident Evil movies. (His Monster Hunter movie for Sony Pictures and Capcom is still coming next year though. [UPDATE: That movie has officially moved back to December 2020.]) But before you go thinking this Resident Evil origin story is the messiah Capcom zombie movie you’ve always wanted, note that Johannes Roberts’ career output so far includes films like 47 Meters Down and largely forgettable horror films.

It’s also worth noting this Resident Evil origin story movie is a separate entity from Netflix’s upcoming Resident Evil CGI series and Netflix’s upcoming live-action Resident Evil series.

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!