The first images of the upcoming Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City movie are here – and they look nothing like this year’s Village. Directed by Johannes Roberts, the film will adapt the plot of the first two Resident Evil games. As such, there’s no room for Milla Jovovich’s Alice, or Ethan Winters, the games’ current protagonist.
First Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Images Revealed
Today’s new photos come courtesy of IGN, who sat down for an exclusive interview with Roberts. Rather than focusing on new characters, the movie follows series veterans like Leon S. Kennedy, Chris and Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Albert Wesker.
There are three images out there so far. The first shows Leon (Avan Jogia) and Claire (Kaya Scodelario), as they lurk through the GCPD. This is presumably taken from the sections adapting Resident Evil 2. It seems to directly reference the 2019 remake of that game, with Leon in his police uniform, and Claire wearing her red leather jacket.
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The next image is a direct reference to the first Resident Evil game, showing Chris, Jill, and the S.T.A.R.S. team in the Spencer Mansion. This was the first game’s eerie setting, and makes a return here. In the interview, Roberts says the mansion will be very creepy – and as such, it should provide most of the film’s scares.
The last image is much more foreboding, showing Lisa Trevor. Gamers might remember her as the chained-up mutant who attacks the protagonist towards the end of the first game. She has a more ghoulish look here, though her backstory remains the same: a victim of Umbrella’s biological experiments.
In the interview, Roberts also shines plenty of light on the movie. His directorial intentions are clear: “I wanted scares and atmosphere rather than full-on action,” Roberts says. He also says that Capcom were heavily involved in the design process, providing blueprints for key locations like the RCPD and Spencer Mansion. With the developer’s blessing and a new, scarier tone, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is shaping up nicely.
Luke Hinton is a freelance culture journalist living in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism, Media and Communications, and currently balances his freelancing work with postgraduate studies. He specialises in film, TV and entertainment writing.