Michelle Rodriguez Returns For Resident Evil 5

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Resident Evil is returning and stronger than ever. After the fourth installment in the franchise, Resident Evil: Afterlife, successfully implemented a shot-in-3D gore-fest to audiences around the world, it managed to easily become the most successful film in the series and fans were pleased to see elements and characters from the Resident Evil 5 video game used in the film.

The cast and crew are returning for another sequel, titled Resident Evil: Retribution, which is bringing even more of what fans want in terms of characters from the games and with them, a few surprises. Not only will Shawn Roberts reprise his role as fan-favorite villain Albert Wesker – albeit in a cameo role of sorts – but now comes word the Michelle Rodriguez has also signed on to reprise her Resident Evil 1 role as special forces operative, Rain Ocampo.

If you’ve watched the series to date, you’ll understand that Rodriguez returning for Resident Evil: Retribution is a little odd considering she starred in the first RE (2002) and was zombified before being killed off. What does this mean? Flashbacks!

Expect the series to go full circle and for the story to delve back into the back-story of protagonist Alice (Milla Jovovich). Rodriguez’s character of Rain Ocampo is not the only returnee since Colin Salmon is also making a return appearance as James “One” Shade, the leader of the Commandos from the first Resident Evil.

As we also know from previous reports, franchise character Leon Scott Kennedy will finally get his chance to shine on the silver screen. Leon plays a prominent role in both the games and the animated feature, Resident Evil: Degeneration, but fans have had to wait five films to see him get his deserved live-action debut. Rumors and fan desires point towards Supernatural star Jensen Ackles playing the character but no one has been announced for the role as of yet – that would be a good rumor to come true.

Paul W.S. Anderson returns to direct Retribution which picks up right where Afterlife left off. K-Mart (Spencer Locke), Claire (Ali Larter) and brother Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller) are captured by the Umbrella Corporation while the heroes must battle the Las Plagas variant of the infected, meaning the mindless zombies are replaced by stronger, scarier monsters. Sienna Guillory returns to play Jill Valentine who will now be featured as the film’s primary villain.

Are you excited for the new direction of the Resident Evil movies, including more characters from the franchise?

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Resident Evil: Retribution hits theaters September 14, 2012 in 3D.

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  1. The thought, “But she’s dead” kept popping in my head but if it’s flashbacks, I can deal. As for the movie series as a whole, I’m a big RE fan in terms of the games and this is just stupid fun and fan service for me. I like the films and I like the story. I see it as a what if type of thing in when people say “Oh this isn’t the Resident Evil I love”

    • lol i think that they are gonna clone rain or she might have a twin the other guy colin might also be a twin or mabe be cloned as well but all i know is one of them might be a twin and the other might be clone but as ricky from i love lucy would say ALICE YOU HAVE SOME SPLAINING TO DO ! LOL

  2. Alice
    Jill
    Ada
    Leon
    Wesker
    Rain
    Luther
    Claire
    One
    Chris
    Barry
    K-Mart….alot of characters

  3. i dont care if she is back! i loved this movies. im a big resident evil gamer and lets be honest no movies really stick to the story(xmen;)) but i love what they have done with the resident evil movies :)

  4. Flashbacks- ok
    Cloning- eh, not so ok, could work, maybe
    “Hey guys, I’m not dead afterall! I was just pretending to be a zombie, that was just a rubber bullet!” – horribly, horribly bad

    … And why is Wesker just a cameo? Is he going to be “recovering” for most of the movie, or will he be Mutated Super-Wesker… Cause, c’mon folks, he ain’t dead, no mere explosion kills Albert Wesker

  5. Oh hell yeah I was so pissed when Michelle was zombified she was so bad-ass. I have tried to play the video games, but never could cause they freak me out so I do not know the game story line. But Answering questions and giving more background on the characters is a great thing. if your going to kill of someone at least let the viewers make the emotional connection so that it is so hurtful when they do get killed off. Also, This is one series that should surpass friday the 13th and A nightmare on Elm Street. I was so mad when they killed Michelle Rodriguez in fast and furious. You can’t kill lenny off… Sorry I even did a school paper on her. Can’t wait to see the new resident evil

    • Watch Fast Five dude. Sit through the end credits. Scene after is worth it.

      • Yep, you never actually saw here chatacter die only the rport of her death, a grave stone, but they have done that for other people in the witness protection program so it is plausable.

  6. Jared Padalecki would be a better Leon, I love Jensen but the character fits Jared better.

    • jared does have the ability to pull off the attitude needed for Leon, Jensen does

  7. Ashly hit the nail on the head, jared padaleki would make a fantastic Leon. Jensen Ackles should have been cast as Chris Redfield.

  8. Jensen and Wentworth look alike. It would be confusing.

    I thought they were the same person for the longest time.

    • Exactly,they could pass as brothers. I was wondering for a moment if the characters were supposed to be related.

  9. Did the last film really do that well? Because, honestly, i think it sucked. And I’m a fan of the first two films and the rest have just been crap. I’m all for the full circle and bringing some of them back as long as the film was based in a slight bit more in realism (as real as you could get) like the first film. They’ve all progressively gotten more and more like a scifi series instead of horror films.

    • Big time.

      Resident Evil 3: 150 million at box office
      Resident Evil 4: 300 million at box office

      Wasn’t just the 3D, it was way more viewers going to see it.

      • Love those numbers and love the entire RE franchise. Can’t wait! :)

  10. The last film seemed to be just a bridge for another installment. I don’t know where they are going with it but they are still stupid fun kind of movies.

  11. I just want to know how they are bringing her back into the picture sine she was already killed, and why would they turn Jill Valentine into a villain? Am I missing something? I just want some insight from somebody who may understand the whole story a little bit better than I do.

    • @Michelle Zaza..because if youve played the Resident Evil 5 Video game you would have found out the Jill Valantine and Chris Redfield were on a mission to capture and or kill Albert Wesker..when they finally reached him in the Mansion of Ozwell E. Spencer Jill Valantine ended up sacrificing her life for her partner Chris Redfield by throwing herself with wesker out of the Window. Chris Redfield thought Jill Valantine was dead but they never found her body until he finally meets up with Wesker in the end of the game along With Jill Valantine having that Umberella Amulet stuck on her chest realizing that she was some how captured by Albert Wesker and Umberella

  12. The plot seems okay and also the cast is returing too.

    I hope Jensen Ackles will play Leon S. Kennedy, if not then I really hope that Robert Patterison doesn’t play Leon.

    What would make Resident Evil 5 more scary and thilling is that Alice is written off in the middle of the movie and leaving one of the main leads to take over the movie just like Samuel L. Jackson in Deep Blue Sea because no one saw him getting finished in the middle of that mobvie.

    Also if RE5 includes more car chases, more scary zombies and more action scenes then this movie might be the best moviein the series.

  13. I hope they get a good actor to play Leon Kennedy…He would have to look like a preety boy…back in the days it could have been Leonardo Decaprio but in this time today im not sure if he would fit well to play as him

    I also herd rumors that Ada Wong was going to be in the film has anyone herd any news on who they might choose to play as Ada Wong?

    Ive been a big Resident Evil fan since I was 10 years old im 27 now but Im really excited where they have taken these films regardless if they dont fully go with the storylines of the games.

  14. Wait wa? Didint she die in the first 1? Hope they explain it and it’s gonna be pretty awesome when she comes back

    • flashbacks. read the article.

      • That is, of course, speculation, and is probably spot on speculation at that, but not actually confirmed… At least, that’s how I read it

    • It’ll turn out that she became a hyper-human due to a UMBRELLA experiment or some stinking idea like that. Probably by the end she’ll help Alice fight Wesker, whom will manage to escape giving birth to a sixth installment called Resident Evil: Excretion

  15. having michelle come back is great she is one of my favorite ladies.just remember its syfy nobody really dies.

  16. Every film she`s on, she dies I don’t understand is it because she`s Latin ? just like blacks in Horror, thats screwed up. Im Latin though

    • Lol thats what I keep asking. Why does she have to almost die in every single movie I see her in? I think she kicks arse and love her! Just saw RE4 and some of Blue Crush on tv (that Michelle is in too) and thought there should be a movie that she is a main in that doesnt die.

  17. Pleaaseeeeeeeeeeeee let the series die. Each time they come up with a new character from the original games I can’t stop grieving. Honestly, I think this is not only the worst video game adaptation ever, but a heck of a bad film series.

  18. I DON’T SEE WHY A MICHELLE SHOULD BE IN RE5,AFTERALL SHE WAS INFECTED IN 1ST RE MOVIE & SHOT IN THE HEAD BUT LOOKING AT IT THIS WAY SHE SHOULD’VE SURVIVED IN RE1.SO I HOPE THIS TME AROUND SHE WILL BE MORE ASSKICKIN’ & A TOUGHER RAIN OCAMPO.PLEASE THERE SHOULD BE RE6 AKA ERSIDENT EVIL:REBIRTH, GOOD LUCK FELLAS.

  19. I think it’s odd how MR is popping back up in RE5 but if it’s flashbacks, I think I can handle it. It’s neat that they are taking it back to where it all began. Hopefully with them introducing Leon he gets enough camera time and his story isn’t over looked.

    I will always want to see them do a RE4 movie based off of RE4 for gamecube. Personally one of my favorite RE games out of the whole RE franchise.

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  21. I think, and this is only speculation and I could be totally wrong, but with the amount of clones that Umbrella made of Alice, wouldn’t they be the type of corporation that would bank all their employees’ DNA to use later? That could explain why Rain and Carlos Olivera both will be in #5.

  22. i think it would be great if they brought her back.Michelle is a fantastic actress and one of my favorites

  23. NO… I THINK IT LL BE NOT FLASHBACK.. I SAW YET A TRAILER AND SHE S FIGHTING.. SHE KNOWS ZOMBIES, UMBRELLA ETC. IN RE1, SHE SAW EVERYTHING WOTH HER TEAM FIRST TIME.. AND .. SHE DIED.. I THINK IT LL BE A CLONE.. IT LL BE VERY EFFECTIVE REASON AND ITS OK. NO FLASHBACK… ;)

  24. NO… I THINK IT LL BE NOT FLASHBACK.. I SAW YET A TRAILER AND SHE S FIGHTING.. SHE KNOWS ZOMBIES, UMBRELLA ETC. IN RE1, SHE SAW EVERYTHING WITH HER TEAM FIRST TIME.. AND .. SHE DIED.. I THINK IT LL BE A CLONE.. IT LL BE VERY EFFECTIVE REASON AND ITS OK. NO FLASHBACK… ;)

  25. Had the video game before the movie came out freaked me out @ 1st I said Rain was clone or a twin they say flash backs I would want her to be clone hoping she is playing through out the whole movie

  26. @ 1st I said Rain was clone or a twin they say flash backs I would want her to be clone hoping she is playing through out the whole movie

  27. Okay, so she died in the first movie….she was shot in the head. But you also have to remember that they reopened the hive, and that her body was still on the trian. Maybe they cloned her body to see if she would do what Alice did, or see if she would mutate like matt if she was cloned. I don’t know…their are many possablies but for me…HELL YEA! bring her back who cares.
    But you also have got to remember this it resident evil people, that and they did do alot of experimenting down in the hive as well as all a cross the world. So, bring her back, keep her on. I for one I can’t wait to find out what will happen, and I can’t wait to see it. I for one am excited.

  28. Okay, the official cast list is out, and MR is talking about it on her FB. It is not a clone, because, scientifically speaking, cloning an infected body would produce an infected person. Duh. Of course she knew about Umbrella and the Hive, because she worked for them. They aren’t necessarily following the game story lines, they’re just adding and taking away from an already great idea. Seriously, read the article. They are flashbacks and nothing more!

  29. This is ridiculous. While i absolutely ADORE MR, there are so many different routes that could be taken. i think its ridiculous they cant follow the plot though. if Milla wants another sequel, shes got that director so whipped that she gets one, no matter what they have to do. EPIC FAIL!

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