Netflix 'Resident Evil': 5 things to know about the reimagination of legendary video game

The Netflix series will switch between two timelines. The first is set in New Raccoon City in 2022 and the second is set in a dystopic London in 2036


                            Netflix 'Resident Evil': 5 things to know about the reimagination of  legendary video game
Ella Balinska as Jade Wesker in a still from 'Resident Evil' (Netflix)

'Resident Evil' is one of the most successful media franchises in the world. Created by Capcom, it has reportedly grossed over $5.84 billion, and this number is just an estimate of how much the live-action films and video games raked in. The survival horror game has also been adapted into animated films, anime series, comic books, novels, and audio dramas. 

The live-action adaptation, kickstarted by the 2002 Milla Jovovich starrer of the same name, has taken a new form, in that it will soon be seen in the TV format on Netflix. The show has been in existence, conceptually, since 2014 and is a reimagination of the legendary video game series. Apart from being action-packed, it also involves quite a bit of timeline swapping, as it switches between New Raccoon City in 2022 and a dystopic London in 2036. Want to know more? Read on to find out!

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When and where can you watch 'Resident Evil'

The eight-part series is set to premiere exclusively on Netflix on July 14, 2022. Subscriptions start at $9.99/month. 

What is Netflix's 'Resident Evil' all about

The survival horror series' synopsis reads, “Year 2036 - 14 years after a deadly virus caused a global apocalypse. Jade Wesker fights for survival in a world overrun by the blood-thirsty infected and insane creatures. In this absolute carnage, Jade is haunted by her past in New Raccoon City, by her father’s chilling connections to the Umbrella Corporation but mostly by what happened to her sister, Billie.”

Who stars in 'Resident Evil'

Ella Balinska will be seen as Jade Wesker in the Netflix series. She is an English actress of British, Polish and Caribbean descent. She trained at the Guildford School of Acting and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting. Balinska is best known for her role as Jane Kano in the 2019 'Charlie's Angels' reboot.

Ella Balinska attends the Balmain Womenswear Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Carreaux du Temple (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Balmain)

 

Other actors who are a part of 'Resident Evil' are Lance Reddick, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, Paola Núñez, Droxzyfps, Tetiana Gaidar, Ahad Raza Mir, Connor Gossatti, and Turlough Convery.

Showrunners

The series is directed by Andrew Dabb, known best for his work on 'Supernatural.' He has also written and executive produced it along with Mary Leah Sutton. Oliver Berben, Andrew Dabb, Bronwen Hughes, and Robert Kulzer serve as executive producers. 'Resident Evil' is produced by Constantin Film.

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