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After more than a decade in existence, the Resident Evil franchise is coming to an end. Since back in 2002, we’ve seen the video game series launch five films into theaters, each one finding fans around the world, and compelling them to come back for the next installment. Now Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is ready to get rolling, and in anticipation, the project has announced its full cast.
Deadline has the scoop on the new additions to the final sequel in the Resident Evil series, and it’s a mix of both franchise regulars and new faces. Read on to find out who will be a part of the team trying to save the world and the human race.
This one should be absolutely no shock to anyone who has been following the Resident Evil franchise over the years. While many castmembers have come and gone, Milla Jovovich has stuck around, and is now set to play the heroic Alice for the sixth time. Of course, exactly where the series will leave her at the very end is the big mystery.
It was back in early August that we first heard stories about Ali Larter coming back for another Resident Evil production, and now that the film is getting into production mode that casting has been confirmed. The actress will once again be playing Claire Redfield, who began playing the role in 2007's Resident Evil Extinction, and came back for Resident Evil: Afterlife. She missed out on 2012's Resident Evil: Retribution, but that can be explained by the fact that she was last seen being kidnapped.
Scottish actor Iain Glen is probably best recognized as the eternally lovesick Jorah Mormont on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, but he will soon be leaving Westeros behind as he ventures into a different world of horrific undead creatures. Sadly, there’s no information currently available about the character that he will be playing in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, though one can hope that Paul W.S. Anderson sets him up for the opportunity to actually win the girl.
Famous for being a model and DJ/recording artist in her homeland of Australia, Ruby Rose is only starting to gain a following her in the United States, and signing on for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is a nice step in that direction. Netflix subscribers likely recognize her for her part as the manipulative Stella Carlin from the third season of Orange is the New Black, but sadly we don’t yet know if this big franchise film will give her the chance to play something radically different.
Now we’ve come to yet another face that fans of the long-running video game movie franchise should recognize. Shawn Roberts has been playing a key role in Resident Evil movies going back to 2010’s Resident Evil: Afterlife - where he made his debut as the villainous Albert Wesker. He is best known as the head of the Umbrella Corporation, but he will be going from antagonist to protagonist in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, having defected from Umbrella and teamed up with Alice to stop the ultimate evil: the artificially intelligent Red Queen.
Hailing from Ireland, actor Eoin Macken hasn’t created much of a film career just yet, but has become a notable name on American television. After starring in a few episodes of The Tudors, he landed the recurring role of Sir Gwaine in the Merlin series. Most recently he has been starring on the NBC medical comedy/drama The Night Shift. Like most of the other new cast members, we sadly don’t know who he will be playing in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Finally, we have the Cuban-born William Levy, who has spent the last decade or so carving out a name for himself on Mexican television. That began to change in 2014 when he landed a part in Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club, and has since landed a role in the Vince Vaughn crime drama Term Life. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter should be his biggest project to date, though exactly what he will be doing in the movie is a mystery.
Production on the Paul W.S. Anderson written and directed final sequel is set to commence later this month in South Africa, and production will presumably take a couple of months. After all of the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed, we’ll be seeing the finished product in theaters January 27, 2017.