‘Resident Evil 5′ Finds Its Ada Wong

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 3rd, 2013 at 9:07 am,

Paul W.S. Anderson – love him or loathe him – has been true to his word, as far as taking fan input to heart while crafting Resident Evil: Retribution. The writer/director aims to not only up the zombie-slaying action ante, he’s also incorporating fan-favorite characters like Leon Kennedy (Johann Urb) and yet-to-be-cast weapons guru Barry Burton into the plot.

New additions to the Resident Evil live-action film universe also include the lovely Ada Wong – and now, an actress has been officially brought on to play that part.

Milla Jovovich is once again the source for this casting tidbit. The RE franchise leading lady Tweeted this morning that Miss Wong will be portrayed by Chinese actress Li Bingbing, whose resume includes a supporting role in The Forbidden Kingdom – as well as important parts in historical dramas like Snow White and the Secret Fan and (most recently) Jackie Chan’s 1911.

For those not familiar with the character: Ada Wong is a Chinese secret agent who was hired on by “The 3rd Organization” to reveal the treachery of the Umbrella Corporation. A heroine with a mysterious past – and who often dresses in red outfits – Wong joined forces with Kennedy in the Resident Evil 2 video game and (in the Resident Evil 4 game) worked to steal a sample of the Las Plagas virus for Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts in the RE live-action movie continuity).

You can probably already venture a guess as to how Ada and Alice (Jovovich) might cross paths in Retribution, based on previously-released information about the film’s central storyline.

Resident Evil 4 Clips Resident Evil 5 Finds Its Ada Wong

Alice (Milla Jovovich) in ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’

While the previous entry in the series, Resident Evil: Afterlife, attracted its fair share of criticisms (ex. gimmicky 3D visuals, uninteresting storyline, etc.) it still went over well enough with fans to manage a worldwide gross of around $296 million- a new franchise high. More than that – as was discussed in Screen Rant‘s Afterlife review – the second half of the film arguably laid the narrative foundation for Retribution to feature some of the more intriguing plot developments since the first RE movie.

Combine that with Anderson’s willingness to listen to fans and address certain criticisms concerning Afterlife – like how the film featured an excess of downtime and too little in the way of truly great or innovative action set pieces – and Retribution does look to mark another step up for the series. Assuming you’re still a die-hard fan of this franchise, it appears as though your continued loyalty will not have been in vain.

To learn more about Anderson’s plans for Retribution – which is slated to begin principal photography on location in Toronto this week – read this interview with the filmmaker.

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Resident Evil: Retribution will star Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Johann Urb, Li Bingbing, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Boris Kodjoe, Oded Fehr, and Colin Salmon. It hits 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on September 14th, 2012.

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  1. Paul W.S. Anderson: Bad Movie.

    • Yup.

    • An amazing film!!!

  2. He hasn’t wasted enough money and time? He hasn’t ruined enough franchises like RE and The Three Musketeers enough? *sigh*

    • Not yet. His wife STILL isn’t a leading lady.

  3. OH come on! He’s willing to respond to feedback to make the series better. Granted it’s not every RE fans cup of tea but enough interest exists to keep the sequels coming, why not rise to the opportunity? It might lead to new ways of getting entertained…

    • I liked the first one, but every movie after that got progressively worse IMO. Not a fan of the action gorer.

      • I wouldn’t mind it as much if they didn’t make Alice the center of the whole movie series. Boring character, that 1-up’s all the characters I know and love.

        • You know Anderson, he’s gotta put his wife in everything. If they’d had just stuck to the source material when they started this monotonous charade of crappy movies. It could have been good, some things don’t translate from game to film well. But damn, isn’t RE an easy story to incorporate? Well until a certain character starts punching boulders.

          • I completely disagree 1000%! If you hate this franchise so much, why are you wasting your time here? LMFAO!!!

  4. Personally I’ve liked all of these movies. The last one was by far the best.

    Oh and uh…

    Dicaprio for Kennedy!

    • Yeah gotta agree that last 1 was the best I dont know y so many ppl hate afterlife it was pretty awesome

    • Dicaprio in a Paul WS Anderson movie, LMFAO, wow some people.

  5. Okay but where are the giant spiders?!?!

  6. AWESOME!!! too damn excited for this. Love Alice, she is the best!!!. I completely love this franchise. :)

  7. Extinction was more focus on 3D shots and what not but the acting and the plot was horrible!

  8. CAN’T WAIT FOR RE RETRIBUTION! ITS CRAZY HOW MUCH THE FILMS ARE LIKE THE GAMES! ACTING IS AMAZING, PLOT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I LOVE RE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Sam, if I was a lesser man I would say something like: “I hate you and I hate your (what I am sure is) smug face.”
    Paul Anderson just keeps making them because we keep paying for them. Essentially, we ourselves are the warm human flesh in the belly of the “zombie”.
    I have talked a LOT of crap on these movies but, I will take every single thing I have ever said about this movie series back for just one (1) Jill Sandwich reference.
    You have the tools Paul; utilize them.

  10. David, your funny. Please tell me why you have enough time to look up stuff you don’t like. Thats pathetic. And btw, I am A HUGE fan of the video games, but there nothing like the comics, am I complaining like an idiot, no. Because the games are different from the comics, the movies are different from the games. And yet they all stay on the same track, they all just tack slightly different paths. And my face is beautiful thanks!(:

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