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Resident Evil Movie Reboot Images Reveal Claire, Leon, Jill, And More

Following the success of Resident Evil Village, the series is being rebooted theatrically with Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.

Continuing the celebration of the beloved horror franchise's 25th anniversary this year, the film is set to premiere towards the end of 2021. And fans cans now grab a first look at the highly-anticipated movie.

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Resident Evil Movie Reboot Images Reveal Claire, Leon, Jill, And More

Revealed through IGN, official photos have been released giving a glimpse at key characters from the original games.

The first picture depicts Leon S. Kennedy (played by Avan Jogia), as he rocks his iconic STARS uniform. While, Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario) has an equally faithful look with her red, leather jacket.

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While Albert Wesker (Tom Hopper), Jill Valentine (Hannah John-Kamen), Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell), and Brad Vickers (Nathan Dales) traverse through the Spencer Mansion, the source of the outbreak.

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The last image features Lisa Trevor (Marina Mazepa), a victim of heavy virus testing by the Umbrella Corporation.

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Writer and Director, Johannes Roberts spoke more about the movie and what inspired Welcome to Raccoon City, particularly the Resident Evil 2 remake:

This movie really had nothing to do with the previous franchise. This was all about returning to the games and creating a movie that was much more a horror movie than the sort of sci-fi action of the previous films. I was hugely influenced in particular by the remake of the second game and I really wanted to capture the atmosphere-drenched tone that it had. It was so cinematic.

Roberts also mentioned The Exorcist and Deer Hunter as inspirations for the aura of the forthcoming film:

The previous movies were very bright and shiny whereas this movie was dark and grimy, entirely shot at night. It’s constantly raining and the town is shrouded in mist. ... I was hugely influenced by movies like The Exorcist (and Exorcist 3!), Don’t Look Now, and The Shining. You can really feel the texture in this movie. Nothing in this town feels hi-tech. It feels dilapidated. I wanted Raccoon City to feel a bit like the town in Deer Hunter; a ghost town forgotten by the rest of the world. And the whole structure of the film was definitely very influenced by Assault on Precinct 13.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will premiere exclusively in cinemas this fall on November 24 (US), November 25 (Australia), and December 3 (UK).