Constantin Film today announced the Resident Evil cast as the company prepares to film the genesis of the Resident Evil world. The movie takes place on a fateful night in Raccoon City in 1998.
Also on board are Robbie Amell (Upload) as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia (Zombieland 2) as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) as William Birkin.
“With this film, I really wanted to go back to the original, first two games and the associated terrifying experience that I had when I first played them,” said writer and director Johannes Roberts.
“And at the same time, I’m telling the story of a tiny, dying American town that will seem both familiar and relevant to today’s audiences.”
Constantin Film producer Robert Kulzer, added: “After a dozen games, six live action films and hundreds of pages of fanfiction, we felt compelled to go back to 1998 to explore the secrets that lay within the walls of the Spencer Mansion and hidden from Raccoon City.”
The producers for this origin story are Robert Kulzer of Constantin Film (Paul W. S. Anderson’s Resident Evil franchise), James Harris for Tea Shop Productions (I Am Not a Serial Killer) and Hartley Gorenstein (The Boys).
Executive producing are Martin Moszkowicz, CEO of Constantin Film AG, along with Victor Hadida (Davis Film). Alex Zhang (Greyhound) is co-executive producer and Dylan Tarason (Hell or High Water) from Constantin Film is co-producer. Alex Westmore and Colin Scully from Constantin Film are overseeing the project.
The film will hit theaters in 2021. Constantin Film takes on the distribution in German-speaking countries, while Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems will distribute in the US. Elevation will release the film in Canada and Metropolitan in France. Sony Pictures Releasing International takes over much of the remaining territories.
The previous six Resident Evil films grossed $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.
Constantin Film’s feature credits include The NeverEnding Story, the Fantastic Four films, The Name of the Rose, Nowhere in Africa, Downfall, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The Baader Meinhof Complex, Pope Joan, The House of Spirits, the Resident Evil films and the upcoming Monster Hunter.
On the television side, Constantin is behind such series as Black Beauty, Shadowhunters, Perfume, and more.
Tea Shop is a London and Los Angeles based production company run by producers James Harris and Mark Lane. Their projects include Cockneys vs Zombies, Tower Block, Strangers: Prey at Night, I Am Not a Serial Killer, The Informer, and the 47 Meters Down films.