Despite the ongoing stigma against Hollywood adaptations of hit video games, the Resident Evil series has happily proven itself to be an exception to that rule. Over the course of five films, star Milla Jovovich and filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson - who has directed three entries in the series to date - have carved out a reliable fanbase that continues to come out to theaters to support each new release.
The sixth chapter - fittingly dubbed Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - aims to tie up all the franchise's loose ends in one fell swoop. When we last left Alice (Jovovich), she was tasked to lead a last stand against the Red Queen, the powerful and villainous AI at the heart of the Umbrella Corporation, who is planning to wipe out all of humanity using bio-weapons.
Screen Gems has confirmed the supporting cast for the new film, and longtime fans should be pleased with the news. We've previously heard that Ali Larter -- who previously played Claire Redfield in the third and fourth films -- would reprise her role for the film, alongside Jovovich. However, now we know that Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black), Eoin Macken and William Levy will also be joining the film's cast.
Here is the official synopsis for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter:
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
Of those names, only Iain Glen and Shawn Roberts are returning to the franchise. Glen - who has also appeared on Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey - played Dr. Sam Isaacs in both Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction. Meanwhile, Shawn Roberts took over the role of Albert Wesker from Jason O'Mara starting with Resident Evil: Afterlife. Considering the way the last film ended, it's likely that his character in particular has an integral role to play in the series' final entry.
No details just yet on what characters Rose, Macken and Levy will be taking on, but the film is only set to begin filming this month. There's still plenty of time for news to leak about the new additions as well as for other returning faces to join in the final battle. Stay tuned for more details on writer/director Anderson's film as its production continues.
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hits U.S. theaters on January 27, 2017.
Source: Screen Gems