The cast for Paul W. S. Anderson's fifth entry in the Resident Evil movie series - titled Resident Evil: Retribution - is quickly coming together. Many an actor and actress will be reprising their role from previous installments, including (obviously) Milla Jovovich as Alice, Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine, and Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo, among others.
Anderson will be adding some fresh (acting) blood to the fifth RE flick, which will include a handful of fan-favorite characters who've not yet shown up in live-action form - like ex-Raccoon City cop Leon Scott Kennedy and S.T.A.R.S. weapons specialist Barry Burton.
Deadline has confirmed that all of the previously-mentioned thespians are onboard for Retribution - as are Boris Kodjoe and Shawn Roberts, who will reprise their Resident Evil: Afterlife roles as Luther West and the villainous Albert Wesker, respectively. Jovovich also confirmed a couple weeks back that Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, and Spencer Locke's onscreen RE counterparts will be involved with the plot of Retribution (though the three stars will apparently not actually be in the film - more on that later).
Newcomers to the Resident Evil franchise include actors Kevin Durand (3:10 to Yuma, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, "Martin Keamy" on Lost) and Johann Urb (the TV series Eastwick, Dirt). There's no word yet on Durand's role, but Urb will portray a "leader of the Resistance, who teams with Jovovich's Alice" in Retribution.
[UPDATE: Milla Jovovich has confirmed (via STYD) that Urb is in fact playing Leon Scott Kennedy.]
Oded Fehr will also appear in Retribution, reprising his turn as former soldier Carlos Olivera from the second and third RE films (Apocalypse and Extinction)... despite the character having (seemingly) perished during the climax of Extinction. Flashbacks, perhaps?
Plot-wise, Retribution will revolve around Claire (Larter) and Chris Redfield (Miller) - along with K-Mart (Locke) - being taken prisoner by the Umbrella Corporation. It will also see Alice and Co. battling the "bigger, faster, strong" breed of zombies that are infected by the Las Plagas virus - and promises to be the most action-packed installment in the franchise yet.
Anderson is shooting Retribution in 3D - with the intention of using the extra dimension to (likewise) amp up the stylish action quotient even more. Considering the filmmaker now has two 3D projects under his belt - Afterlife and next month's The Three Musketeers - he should be more apt at utilizing the format in a less blatantly-gimmicky fashion than in the fourth RE flick.
Overall: if you're still a loyal fan of the Resident Evil movies - and, judging by the box office returns for the last entry, there are still a whole lot of you - then Retribution is shaping up to be the most satisfying installment yet.
Resident Evil: Retribution is scheduled for theatrical release in the U.S. on September 14th, 2012.
Update Source: STYD