Fans of the zombie franchise Resident Evil are having a whale of a time at the moment. Not only has the eighth major instalment of the gaming series, Resident Evil: Village, been a huge hit, but there's also a new movie reboot in the form of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, and two new TV shows.
Alongside the anime production, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, there’s a live-action show in the works. Here’s all we know about the latter, which currently bears the simple name of Resident Evil.
When is the release date for the Resident Evil TV show?
Netflix has now confirmed that the Resident Evil series will hit the platform on 14 July 2022. If it follows the classic Netflix binge model, all episodes should drop on this date.
While Netflix first announced the Resident Evil show in the summer of 2020, delays caused by Covid means that shooting didn’t begin until much later than planned. What’s On Netflix reports that things kicked off in February 2021.
When the Wesker kids move to New Raccoon City, the secrets they uncover might just be the end of everything. Resident Evil, a new live action series based on Capcom’s legendary survival horror franchise, is coming to Netflix. pic.twitter.com/XWh5XYxklD— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) August 27, 2020
Is there a trailer for the new Resident Evil TV show?
There are several short trailers available for the new Resident Evil series. The first official teaser starts off in present-day New Racoon City, before fast-forwarding to London in 2036, where things appear much more apocalyptic.
The second teaser shows the Umbrella Corp working on the 'Joy' miracle drug, which seems to be infused with the infamous T-virus.
There was also another teaser trailer which gave us a look at the iconic Resident Evil monster, the Cerberus hound. It looks like an average dog at first, until it turns its head and reveals a rotting skull.
This teaser was actually a leak - the official show's Instagram briefly put up an image, but then took it down. However, nothing is ever fully gone from the internet. Take a look below:
There are also the official posters, with one showing a blood sample testing positive for the T-virus. However, there aren't any posters for characters yet.
The live-action ‘RESIDENT EVIL’ series will release on July 14 on Netflix.— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) March 17, 2022
The series stars Lance Reddick, Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph and Paola Nunez. pic.twitter.com/NtyKqNJVgv
What's the plot of the new Resident Evil TV show?
The new show will follow the adventures of the two Wesker children, set across dual time periods. In an official announcement, Netflix confirmed the following story arcs:
‘In the first timeline, fourteen-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moved to New Raccoon City. A manufactured, corporate town, forced on them right as adolescence is in full swing. But the more time they spend there, the more they come to realize that the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing dark secrets. Secrets that could destroy the world.
‘Cut to the second timeline, well over a decade into the future: there are less than fifteen million people left on Earth. And more than six billion monsters -- people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, now thirty, struggles to survive in this New World, while the secrets from her past - about her sister, her father and herself - continue to haunt her.’
Their father is Albert Wesker, the perennial villain of the Resident Evil series who has been an integral part of the world since the very first game. We don’t know what happens to Billie along the way, but we’re quite sure that teeth and mutation will be involved.
Who is the cast of the new Resident Evil TV show?
Lance Reddick will star as the iconic antagonist, Wesker, who has been appearing in the games since Resident Evil 2. Reddick has previously starred in Fringe and John Wick.
Reddick will be joined by Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Nuñez.
We also have concrete details on who will be the driving force behind the production. The showrunner is Andrew Dabb, who was previously responsible for Supernatural.
In a statement, Dabb said, ‘Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time. I'm incredibly excited to tell a new chapter in this amazing story and bring the first ever Resident Evil series to Netflix members around the world. For every type of Resident Evil fan, including those joining us for the first time, the series will be complete with a lot of old friends, and some things (bloodthirsty, insane things) people have never seen before.’
The show will be comprised of eight one-hour episodes, and we know that the first two will be directed by Bronwen Hughes of The Walking Dead and The Journey Is The Destination fame. Constantin Film is the studio producing the show, with the producer listed as the company’s CEO, Martin Moszkowicz.
Where can I watch the new Resident Evil TV show?
As Netflix has commissioned this show under its Originals banner, you’ll need a subscription to the streaming service to enjoy the show when it finally arrives. You can sign up over on the Netflix website.