Netflix reveals cast for live-action Resident Evil series


Lance Reddick getting fitted for some sunglasses

It’s a veritable bonanza of Resident Evil Netflix news this weekend. Yesterday’s NetflixGeeked Week event not only offered us the first few minutes of upcoming CGI show Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, but Netflix also took the time to tease the cast of its new, live-action series set within Capcom’s survival horror universe. Nifty.

A cast photo features actors Siena Agudong, Ella Balinska, Paola Nunez, Lance Reddick, Adeline Rudolph, and finally Tamara Smart. Netflix remains tight-lipped in regards to the show’s plot, timeline, or release date — though it did reveal that Reddick will be taking up the role of Resident Evil‘s notorious antagonist, Albert Wesker. John Wick fans will recognize Reddick from his small but impactful turns as Charon, concierge and overseer of New York’s Continental Hotel.

The tentatively titled Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will feature a season of eight one-hour episodes, and is expected to focus on the “Wesker kids“. It sounds to me like the show is very much going the Riverdale route, and will use the Resident Evil brand to backdrop a dark social drama. This is purely speculation on my part, but I think anyone expecting tons of monsters, jump-scares, and gunfights might be in for a surprise. Either way, we’ll all know the score once the new series arrives on Netflix at some point in the future.

Been dying to announce this. Get ready to enter New Raccoon City with the cast of RESIDENT EVIL: LANCE REDDICK / ELLA BALINSKA / TAMARA SMART / SIENA AGUDONG / ADELINE RUDOLPH / PAOLA NUNEZ. #GeekedWeek

— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) June 11, 2021