Netflix’s Resident Evil Trailer Hints How The Games Fit Into The Story

Of all the video game series that have received cinematic treatments, demonic resident could be the most successful. The first attempt to make a demonic resident The movie came out in 2002. The movie didn’t have much of a connection to Capcom’s video games other than being about zombies and the occasional cameo, but it was successful enough to spawn five sequels revolving around Milla Jovovich’s character Alice. Then in 2021 we have the animated series. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness on Netflix, followed by Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon Citya live-action movie that tried much harder to pay homage to the story and characters of the first two demonic resident games.

Now it’s 2022, and there’s a new demonic resident adaptation in the city. Another Netflix production, it is simply titled demonic resident. It centers on Albert Wesker (Lance Reddick) and his family, who move to New Raccoon City the year a zombie apocalypse begins.

Netflix just released its first trailer for demonic residentwhich you can check below:

from netflix demonic resident The trailer takes us to New Raccoon City

The trailer includes many things they have done demonic resident such a long-running IP, including zombies, horror, and a shady plot about pharmaceutical engineering gone wrong. demonic resident will follow Wesker, a long-time villain in gaming, as he and his two daughters Jade (Tamara Smart) and Billie (Siena Agudong) move to New Raccoon City in 2022.

the demonic resident The show will also jump back in time to 2036, when zombies have invaded the world and Jade (played by Ella Balinska as an adult) is dealing with the aftermath.

If you’re a fan of the series, the city’s name alone probably sets off warning bells that things aren’t what they seem here. Raccoon City is one of the most prominent locations in the game series; by attaching the “New” designator to it, the Netflix series tells us that the events of the video games still occurred.

from netflix demonic resident boss confirms that video games are canon on the show

Now that the trailer is out, we’re starting to get a little more insight into the show. Executive Producer Andrew Dabb (Supernatural) has confirmed that, unlike the films of the early 2000s, his series will treat the events of the video games as an integral part of the mythos.

“The games are our backstory. Everything that happens in games exists in this world,” Dabb said. entertainment weekly. Even the last game Resident Evil: Town, which was set at 2021, is included. “We may not get there until Season 5, but it’s in our world. As we move forward and talk about the scripts for Season 2, the town is a resource that we can draw on.”

This raises many questions, namely: Didn’t Albert Wesker die in resident bad 5? How has she come back for the show?

According to Dabb, the show will address this. “If you know the games, Wesker is dead. He blew it up a rocket launcher into a volcano, how I think we all want to go.” Dabb scoffed that the explanation for how Wesker has mysteriously come back to life is more complicated than something silly like him being “immune to lava”.

“I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that explaining why Wesker is the way he is and how he’s still alive go hand in hand,” the showrunner said.

Another mystery is how Wesker has children in the first place, something that doesn’t happen in the games. Whereas the demonic resident The franchise has always had genetic engineering as a strong plot element, and we see vials of Billie and Jade’s blood in Wesker’s lab in the trailer, we bet there’s some nefarious reason for their existence. “Clearly, they may not be love children, let’s put it that way,” Dabb said. “I had these kids for a reason and it wasn’t necessarily to take them to basketball games.”

However, despite treating the games as canon, the showrunner maintains that demonic resident won’t rely too heavily on surprise cameos or references. “It’s not, ‘Episode 3, Meet the Redfields.’ ‘Episode 4, here’s Leon,’” Dabb joked. “You could do that version, and there’s a certain part of the fanbase that I’m sure would say, ‘Please do that version’, but for us it was more important to take you on this journey. And then as the journey continues, we’ll touch on different corners and aspects of the mythology.”

STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 19: Actor Lance Reddick visits ‘The IMDb Show’ on June 19, 2019 in Studio City, California. This episode of ‘The IMDb Show’ airs on July 18, 2019. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

Wesker’s career change will be a plot point on the show.

Dabb also comments on the casting of Lance Reddick (The wire, horizon zero dawn) as Wesker. The character is a blond white male in the video games, while Reddick is black. When the casting was first announced, there was the predictable outcry from certain segments of the fanbase, but Dabb’s comments about Wesker “being the way he is for a reason” were made for a reason. The show considers Wesker’s death during resident bad 5 canon, and since genetic engineering is such a big topic, it looks like Wesker’s run will be part of the narrative.

As far as the showrunner goes, it was about getting the right actor for the character. And it’s hard to find someone better at enigmatic yet relatable villains than Lance Reddick.

“I think when you’re casting in the modern age, if you limit yourself based on, ‘Well, this character is blonde, so we have to look at blonde actors,’ you’re going to be in a bad position. Dabb said. “When Lance was interested in doing the part, you’re not going to find anyone better than him to play this character, both the father part of the character and the more corporate assassin part. At that point, you’re making the show weaker by choosing someone who can more aesthetically match the game. So why would you undermine a show like that? It doesn’t make sense to me, and luckily Netflix and Constantine were very much on board with that as well. The goal here is to make the show stronger.”

Based on this first trailer, it looks like demonic resident it is more ambitious than any of us had thought. There is no doubt that Reddick will do an amazing job with this complicated character.

demonic resident premieres July 14 on Netflix.

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h/t entertainment weekly, Polygon

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