A Resident Evil live-action series is coming to Netflix in July 2022. Here’s your first look Resident Evil on Netflix, the release date, production schedule and what to expect.
Resident Evil is the upcoming Netflix Original series based on the Capcom game of the same name. Launched in 1996, the franchise has spawned numerous video game sequels, novels, and a popular movie franchise.
Netflix seems to be going all-in Resident Evil featuring this live-action series and also at least two animated projects, the first of which was Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness which was released on Netflix in July 2021.
Netflix itself hasn’t actually posted anything official about the live-action series until August 27, 2020. Then they published the first details through the former NXonNetflix account.
The 8 x 1-hour episode season will be led by Andrew Dabb (Supernatural), Bronwen Hughes (The Walking Dead, The Journey Is the Destination) will direct the first two episodes.
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) August 27, 2020
In the script posted by NXonNetflix in August 2020, we know that episode one is called “Welcome to New Racoon City”. The episode was written by Andrew Dabb and directed by Bronwen Hughes (The living Dead†
Andrew Dabb directs the series. His previous credits include: supernatural for the CW. This initially caused some concern about the tone of the first season, but at this point it’s too early to say.
Resident Evil Netflix teaser trailers
On May 12, Netflix released two teaser trailers for the new series:
The first teaser gives us an indication of how the story will be split into two parts. One in 2022 and the other 14 years later in 2036 London (more on this later). The song you hear in the background of the first teaser is “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)”.
It gives us a first look at Wesker and more.
The second teaser trailer, which hasn’t been shared much, digs into some of the monsters we’ll see, including a mutated spider and the underground worm monster that can tunnel into the second half of the teaser.
— What’s on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) May 12, 2022
Before we dig any further into the weeds, our very first look at Resident Evil came in the form of a first-look teaser of a zombie Doberman plus two photos in the form of a stylized version of the dog featured in the teaser and logo for the new series.
When will Resident Evil be on Netflix?
On March 17, Netflix announced that: Resident Evil would come on July 14, 2022.
evil has evolved. RESIDENT EVIL is coming to Netflix on July 14. pic.twitter.com/6uvDsSdRw2
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) March 17, 2022
What is the plot of? Resident Evil season 1?
The series was first reported in January 2019 according to Deadline. The following was said about the plot of the coming Resident Evil series;
“The drama series explores the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order brought about by the T-virus outbreak. While the project is at an early stage, the series is expected to feature all of the signature elements of Resident Evil, including action sequences and Easter eggs.”
In early 2020, Netflix’s Media site listed an official story description for the series (though it has since been removed). This is what the description said:
The city of Clearfield, MD has long been in the shadow of three seemingly unrelated behemoths — the Umbrella Corporation, the decommissioned Greenwood Asylum, and Washington, D.C. Today, twenty-six years after the discovery of the T-Virus, secrets kept by the three will be revealed at the first sign of an outbreak.”
As far as we know, the story takes place over two timelines.
The first is that 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moving to New Raccoon City. They come to realize that their father is hiding dark secrets that could destroy the world.
The second timeline takes place a decade into the future, where there are only 15 million people left, with more than 6 billion animals and people infected with the T virus. It follows Jade, now thirty, in her efforts to survive in this world.
How is the Netflix series connected to the games? “The games are our backstory. Everything that happens in the games exists in this world,” said showrunner Andrew Dabb.
In addition, in an interview with EW, Andrew Dabb revealed that the show follows the timelines of the game, meaning Wesker has somehow been resurrected. He teased, “I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll say that explaining why Wesker is the way he is and how he’s still alive go hand in hand.”
How far in production is Resident Evil season one?
Official production status: post production (last updated: 14/12/2021)
The first pre-production was due to take place in April 2020 before the main shoots between June and October 2020. As you can probably guess, those plans were thrown out after COVID-19 ravaged all production schedules in 2020. A new date of February 2021 was reported, but that too has since changed.
Thanks to an earlier report from ProductionWeekly, we know that filming for Resident Evil took place between September 8, 2021 and December 14, 2021. As of December 14, production status on IMDb has changed to post-production, which is in line with what was reported by ProductionWeekly.
Who’s in the cast of? Resident Evil season 1?
Our first look at the cast of the Resident Evil series was unveiled by Lance Reddick, the actor who will play the iconic role of Albert Wesker.
I am so excited to finally announce this. Get ready to enter New Raccoon City with the cast of the new live-action Resident Evil series: I play Albert Wesker! ELLA BALINSKA / TAMARA SMART / SIENA AGUDONG / ADELINE RUDOLPH / PAOLA NUNEZ. #GeekedWeek pic.twitter.com/vC55bSmq5K
— Lance Reddick (@lancereddick) June 11, 2021
Lance Riddick has announced that he will be playing Albert Wesker, and we’ve finally started learning about the roles of the rest of the cast.
- Lance Riddick – Albert Wesker
- Ella Balinska – TBA
- Tamara Smart – TBA
- Siena Agudong – Still known
- Paola Nunez – Still known
- Hanni Heinrich – Janet
- Mpho Osei Tutu – Yen
- Rizelle Januk – Billie’s Teacher
- Lea Vivier – Susana Franco
- Candice van Litsenborgh – TBA
- Ayushi Chhabra – Dr. Amrita Singh
- Richard Wright-Firth – Maskey
What does the number of episodes count for? Resident Evil†
Eight episodes make up the first season.
Resident Evil season 2 rumours
We heard that a second season is already planned. While the series has yet to be officially renewed (something we don’t expect to hear about until close to its actual release), we understand that the second season is in active development.
In the aforementioned EW article, Dabb talks about the future of the series and how we could somehow see Resident Evil: Village come to our screens and say, “Maybe we won’t get there until Season 5, but it’s in our world. As we move forward and talk about scripts for season 2, the village is a resource we can tap into.”
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