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The Wire actor Lance Reddick to play Albert Wesker in Resident Evil live-action series

Lance Reddick will be the first actor of colour to portray notorious virologist Wesker in the history of the franchise.

By: PTI | New Delhi |
June 12, 2021 11:06:52 pm
Lance ReddickLance Reddick will star in Netflix's Resident Evil series, (Photo: Lionsgate)

Actor Lance Reddick, known for his performance in The Wire, has been roped in to play the main villain, Albert Wesker, in the upcoming live-action Resident Evil series on Netlflix.

Reddick will be the first actor of colour to portray notorious virologist Wesker in the history of the franchise. Canadian actor Shawn Roberts and Irish star Jason O’Mara have previously played the role.

According to Deadline, the series will also star Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Nunez.

The live-action scripted show, based on the video game and movie franchise of the same name, has been created by Supernatural showrunner Andrew Dabb.

The series has received an eight-episode order from the streaming giant and will tell a brand new story across two timelines.

The first timeline follows 14-year-old sisters, Jade and Billie Wesker, who move to New Raccoon City, a corporate town. The more time they spend there, the more they come to realise that the town is more than it seems and their father maybe concealing dark secrets, that could destroy the world.

The second timeline is set more than a decade into the future where less than 15 million people are left on Earth, along with six billion monsters that are people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, now thirty, struggles to survive in this new world, while the secrets from her past, about her sister, her father and herself continue to haunt her.

Contantin Films will produce the series with Andrew Dabb serving as writer, showrunner and executive producer.

The franchise, launched in 2002 with Milla Jovovich-starrer Resident Evil, consists of six films, that grossed USD 1.2 billion worldwide

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