Netflix's Live-Action 'Resident Evil' Casts Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker

Video game adaptation also adds five more

Tony Maglio

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Netflix has set a healthy portion of its live-action “Resident Evil” cast. For starters, Lance Reddick is playing Albert Wesker on the video game adaptation.

The series also added Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph and Paola Nunez. Specifics on which characters the actors will be playing are currently being kept under wraps.

The announcement came amid a flurry of them during the final day of Netflix’s “Geeked Week.”

Netflix formally announced its “Resident Evil” series adaptation last August, revealing that “Supernatural” alum Andrew Dabb will serve as executive producer and showrunner on the series.

Based on the “Resident Evil” horror video game franchise from Capcom, the eight-episode series will center on sisters Jade and Billie Wesker, taking place across two timelines “well over a decade” apart.

Bronwen Hughes will direct and executive produce the first two episodes, with Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben of Constantin Film and Mary Leah Sutton also serving as executive producers on the series. Constantin Film CEO Martin Moszkowicz is a producer.

The German company Constantin Film has previously found success adapting the “Resident Evil” franchise for the big screen with a six-film series starring Milla Jovovich. 2017’s “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” was written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and grossed $312 million at the worldwide box office.

In total, the series earned more than $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the most successful movie franchise based on a video game.

Best known for his starring roles on shows like “The Wire,” “Fringe,” and “Bosc.,” On the feature side, Reddick is also known for his appearances in the “John Wick” movies. Reddick is the first actor of color to portray Albert Wesker in the the “Resident Evil” franchise.

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