Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action Resident Evil series ahead of its 14 July premiere date. The show will focus on the “Wesker kids” as they uncover new and terrible secrets in New Raccoon City and the Umbrella Corporation.
The Resident Evil series will be set in New Raccoon City in South Africa (because why not?) in the year 3036. Jade Wesker is investigating the mystery surrounding her younger sister, Billie, while unearthing secrets related to Umbrella Corporation and their sinister experiments. Naturally, Jade will be up against various zombies and bio-weapons too.
Lance Reddick, best known for the television series Fringe and Guerrilla Games’ Horizon series of video games, will portray Albert Wesker.
The teaser trailer is certainly promising as it shows plenty of gore, violence and zombies – pretty much par for the course when it comes to Resident Evil adaptations. However, the liberties being taken with the story has fans divided, particularly for Albert Wesker’s backstory and his daughters.
Just last year, Hollywood attempted to adapt the first two Resident Evil games into a more faithful movie adaptation with Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. Unfortunately, it was met with a lukewarm reception by both fans and critics.
Resident Evil will premiere on Netflix on 14 July and will run for eight episodes in its first season. Reddick is joined by a cast that includes Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Nuñez.
If you want to see more of what the show has in store, Netflix also released a second teaser trailer which more or less shows the same footage, but adds scenes involving lickers, zombie dogs and a giant Grave Digger Worm.