We’ve heard so much lately about Netflix CG animation resident Evil series, Endless darkness, that it can be hard to remember that the streaming service also has a live action resident Evil series in the works too. But, thanks to Netflix’s Geeked Week, we finally have our first big news on the show: Fringe and John wick star Lance Reddick will play resident EvilWesker’s most iconic antagonist.
Wesker made his first appearance in the 1998 PlayStation game Resident Evil 2, but has manifested itself several times since. He has been an overpowered scientist, spy and maniac determined to destroy all of humanity. Since part of the show takes place in a future timeline—that’s the word Netflix used in the show’s official synopsis – where only 15 million humans survived, Wesker may have (most of) achieved his wish. The other timeline will follow Wesker’s young daughters Jade and Billie Wesker after they movee in New Raccoon City, where the zombie virus first breaks out.
Reddick will be the first person of color to play (or voice) the role of Wesker. Additionally, the live-action series added actors Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Nuñez in unknown roles.
Meanwhile, Netflix has also broadcast the first three minutes of Endless darkness‘first episode, which, uh, shows a military operation that appears to be overseen by Wesker, but nothing else recognizable resident Evil-Y:
However, it matches the official synopsis of the series: “Six years ago (2000), the US special forces helicopter intervening in the Penamstan civil war fell from the sky. The US Army Mad Dogs, who were on the same battlefield, refused the command center’s orders to hold on and instead went to save the survivors of the crash. However, the special forces were already wiped out. The Mad Dogs, led by their captain Jason, were also forced to escape in order to survive. However, at this location, Jason and his unit saw the supposedly dead special forces moving in a weird way …
“Meanwhile, while in Penamstan to provide refugee support, Terra Save staff member Claire Redfield encounters a strange picture drawn by a non-verbal boy. Haunted by this drawing which seems to represent a victim of a viral infection, Claire begins her own investigation. She eventually discovers a terrifying experiment that was carried out during the Penamstan civil war. Leon and Claire get closer to an unimaginable truth that it all started in Penamstan. They also discover that a terror that can break the peace is slowly drawing closer … “
And don’t forget, Leon is grappling with a “hacking incident” at the White House while Claire’s investigation continues. It will be interesting to see how the two stories relate when Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness premieres on Netflix on July 8, featuring the Resident Evil 2 remake of Nick Apostolides and Stephanie Panisello as Leon and Claire, respectively. As for the live-action series, which will be directed by SupernaturalIt’s Andrew Dabb, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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