The first official images for Resident Evil: Afterlife have premiered online and if you’re a fan of the franchise, you’ll be excited to see what they depict.

We know the film is the first in the franchise jumping into the fad of 3D and that it’s introducing some major characters from the Resident Evil video game franchise, not yet seen in the movies. While you may frown at the thought of this coming in 3D, it was planned that way from the beginning and there could be some sense of relief that it’s being done by the team behind Avatar’s 3D.

If you’re unaware of what the newest RE is about, here’s the official plot synopsis:

In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead leads them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.

Afterlife is written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who directed the first Resident Evil (the only good one in my books) and wrote/produced the second and third.

Check through the pages to see the new images:

Alice and Claire Redfield are upset

Dual-wielding shotguns for the win!

Big executioner with an even bigger weapon

Alice with a machine gun in Resident Evil: Afterlife

Last but not least, is the image I used as the header at the start of the article. I wanted to touch on this one specifically, since it shows what I think is the most out of all the ‘first look’ images.

The following still from Resident Evil: Afterlife features the character of Albert Wesker tossing his sunglasses at two of our heroes, siblings Chris and Claire Redfield, played by Wentworth Miller and Ali Larter respectively.

If you’re a fan of the games, you have no doubt played Resident Evil 5, the best selling game of the franchise. The main (and coolest) villain in the game is Wesker and one of his epic fight sequences plays out almost exactly like this with him tossing his shades at Chris Redfield and partner before they enter an awesome battle.

If director Paul W.S. Anderson has done his homework and played some RE5 (obviously he has), we could be seeing some incredible action sequences in Afterlife. I really hope that’s the case. On that note, the giant executioner in that one still is also directly lifted from the games and looks perfect.

I’m pleasantly surprised by these images, especially since when Resident Evil: Afterlife was announced, my report on it stated that instead of their usual story paths, they should instead make a film based on the game Resident Evil 5 and these photos show that at least visually and with the characters, they have some definite similarities.

Albert Wesker is played by Canadian actor Shawn Roberts in this film.

If you’re a Resident Evil fan then stay tuned into Screen Rant as the first official trailer for Resident Evil: Afterlife debuts this Saturday and we’ll definitely have it to share.

After switching release dates (again), Resident Evil: Afterlife hits theaters September 10, 2010.

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