Netflix has shared the first footage of its new streaming series based on Capcom’s flagship survival horror franchise, Resident Evil. As noted by the streamer on its Tudum website, this adaptation will be a bit of a departure from what fans have seen in the games and live-action movies, telling a brand-new story that revolves around one of Albert Wesker’s children, Jade, who is played by Charlie’s Angels and Forsaken star Ella Balinska. The Wire’s Lance Reddick plays the iconic villain and ex-S.T.A.R.S. captain in the show, which is set to debut exclusively on Netflix on July 14.
The new series doesn’t exactly follow the narratives of any of the popular video games or film franchise entries, but it shares quite a few key characteristics. Namely, a strong female lead fighting for survival, a sinister Umbrella Corporation pulling the strings and plenty of gnarly monsters looking for a human-sized meal along the way.
Resident Evil — the horror franchise’s first live-action series — intercuts between two parallel stories, one set before the apocalypse and one set after. Both halves follow Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska), who is haunted by the loved ones she lost to the T-Virus — as well as by her father Albert Wesker’s (Lance Reddick, the elegant concierge from the John Wick films) ties to the Umbrella Corporation. The series also stars Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph and Paola Nuñez.