A few weeks ago, Netflix released a couple teaser trailers (they’re embedded above) for their upcoming live-action Resident Evil series, which is scheduled to premiere on July 14th. Another trailer will be arriving online Monday, but in the meantime Entertainment Weekly has shared a batch of images from the show that give a look at blood-splattered characters, some flesh-eating zombies, and even one of those infamous infected dogs. The images can be seen at the bottom of this article.
This Resident Evil series will show events playing out in two different timelines:
In the first timeline, fourteen-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moved to New Raccoon City. A manufactured, corporate town, forced on them right as adolescence is in full swing. But the more time they spend there, the more they come to realize that the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing dark secrets. Secrets that could destroy the world.
Cut to the second timeline, well over a decade into the future: there are less than fifteen million people left on Earth. And more than six billion monsters — people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, now thirty, struggles to survive in this New World, while the secrets from her past – about her sister, her father and herself – continue to haunt her.
Showrunner Andrew Dabb says this take on Resident Evil is meant to feel like they “took all the games and shuffled them together.” Rather than make a direct adaptation of any of the games, he and the writing team “treated the events and mythology of all the games as if they were the backstory for their show to launch a brand new story for the franchise.” Entertainment Weekly has several quotes from Dabb on the story and characters in their article.
Resident Evil stars Lance Reddick (The Guest) as Albert Wesker, Ella Balinska (Charlie’s Angels) as the adult Jade Wesker, Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl) as teenage Jade Wesker, Siena Agudong (Upside-Down Magic) as Billie Wesker, Paola Nuñez (Bad Boys for Life) as Albert Wesker’s associate Evelyn Marcus, Ahad Raza Mir (Hum Tum) as Jade’s husband Arj, Connor Gosatti (3rd Night) as teenager Simon, and Adeline Rudolph (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) in an unspecified role. You can see several of these characters in the images below: