‘Resident Evil’: Netflix Taps Lance Reddick, Ella Balinska to Lead Live-Action Series

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Resident Evil is heading to Netflix. The streamer announced the cast today as a part of their Geeked Week, which will end today. The live-action, scripted series will reimagine Capcom’s legendary video game franchise, introducing new storylines for all Resident Evil fans.

Per Netflix, the adaptation will take place nearly three decades after the discovery of a T-virus, when an outbreak reveals the Umbrella Corporation’s dark secrets. John Wick alum Lance Reddick has been tapped to play the saga’s main antagonist, Albert Wesker, captain of the S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team. Reddick will be the first actor of color to portray Albert Wesker in the long history of the franchise.

“I’m so excited to finally announce this,” Reddick tweeted. “Get ready to enter new Raccoon City with the cast of the new live-action Resident evil series: I’ll be playing Albert Wesker!”

Along with Wesker, the cast of Netflix’s Resident Evil includes Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Nuñez. Supernatural‘s Andrew Dabb is set as the showrunner of the series, and he’ll executive produce alongside Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben.

Netflix originally ordered the live-action Resident Evil adaptation back last August. The streamer is set to release a separate original anime series based on the franchise, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, in July. There is also a reboot of the live-action Resident Evil films. Welcome to Raccoon City, the first film in the reboot series, is slated to release on November 24th.

The first Resident Evil game was released in 1996. Since its release, the game and the multiple new editions of the franchise have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Resident Evil has also released animated films, comic books, and more.

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