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When does the Resident Evil Netflix live action show start and what is it about?

Get ready to return to Raccoon City in this upcoming live-action series.

Published onMarch 14, 2022

Leon from Resident Evil 4, which is playable on the Dolphin Android emulator.

The Resident Evil franchise may have started in video games, but it has since expanded its reach. That includes action figures, comic books, novels, CGI animated movies, and live-action feature films. Now the zombie action franchise will expand into streaming television as well, as a Resident Evil Netflix live-action show has been greenlighted.

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But what will the series be all about, and when will the Resident Evil Netflix show begin? We have everything you need to know about this upcoming series right here.

When does the Resident Evil Netflix show start?

Netflix will drop the first season of the show July 14.

What is Resident Evil, anyway?

For those of you unfamiliar with the franchise, Resident Evil (known as Biohazard in Japan) began as a survival horror video game from Capcom in 1996. It became a huge hit and has since spawned a number of direct game sequels, with a new game, Resident Evil Village, due in 2021. There have also been a number of remakes, prequels, and spin-offs in the game series.

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As we mentioned, the Resident Evil franchise has branched out into other entertainment forms. The most well known are the six live-action feature films. All of them star Milla Jovovich as Alice, a character that was created just for the movies. The Resident Evil films have grossed a total of $1.2 billion at the box office worldwide.

What is the Resident Evil Netflix live action show about?

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According to Netflix’s official press release, the first season of the series will consist of eight episodes. The season will have two main parallel storylines, taking place years apart from each other. One of them will tell the story of twin 14-year old sisters, Jade and Billie Wesker. They will be forced to move by their father to New Raccoon City, and the sisters soon learn that both their father and the city have some very dark secrets.

The second storyline takes place 16 years later. A 30-year-old Jade Wesker has to fight off billions of zombies and monsters that were infected with the T-virus. She also has to protect the few remaining humans on Earth. However, there are still secrets from her family and past that keep haunting her. 

The press release hints that viewers of the series can look forward to seeing older characters and monsters from the Resident Evil franchise pop up, along with new characters and threats.

Who is creating the series?

The Resident Evil Netflix live action show is being developed by Andrew Dabb, who has written over 40 episodes of the popular CW series Supernatural. He also served as the co-showrunner for the series starting with its 12th season, all the way through to its 15th and final season. The first two episodes of the Resident Evil series will be directed by Bronwen Hughes. She has a huge career as a TV director, having directed episodes of The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul,  13 Reasons Why, and the recent Netflix sci-fi series Away.

Who is starring in the series?

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Lance Reddick, best known for his roles in Fringe, The Wire, and the John Wick films, will star in the series as Albert Wesker. Wesker is one of the main villains in both the video game series as well as the six Resident Evil live-action films.

Other actors who will appear in the series include Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Núñez. So far, their roles have yet to be revealed.

That’s all we know about the upcoming Resident Evil Netflix show. We will be updating this post when we learn more about the series.