Netflix’s Resident Evil Live-Action Show Casts Lance Reddick as Wesker

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Netflix’s Resident Evil Live-Action Show Casts Lance Reddick as Wesker
Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Nuñez appear alongside Lance Reddick in Netflix's live-action Resident Evil series.
Meet the Weskers… should be the title of this show, frankly.
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We’ve been hearing so much recently about Netflix’s CG animated Resident Evil series, Infinite Darkness, that it can be tough to remember that the streaming service also has a live-action Resident Evil series in the works, too. But, thanks to Netflix’s Geeked Week, we finally our first major news about the show: Fringe and John Wick star Lance Reddick will play Resident Evil’s most iconic antagonist, Wesker.

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Wesker made his first appearance in the 1998 PlayStation game Resident Evil 2, but has shown up many, many times since. He’s been a scientist, a spy, and a super-powered maniac determined to destroy all of humanity. Given that part of the show takes place in a future timeline—that’s the word Netflix used in the show’s official synopsis—where only 15 million humans have survived, Wesker may have gotten (most of) his wish. The other timeline will follow Wesker’s young daughters Jade and Billie Wesker after they move to New Raccoon City, where the zombie virus first breaks out.

Reddick will be the first person of color to play (or voice) the role of Wesker. Additionally, the live-action series has added actors Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Nuñez in unknown roles.

Meanwhile, Netflix has also released the first three minutes of Infinite Darkness’ first episode, which, uh, shows a military operation that seems to be overseen by Wesker, but nothing else recognizable Resident Evil-y:

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