It seems that the Resident Evil series is paying a little visit back to its roots. According to Bloody-Disgusting, Michelle Rodriguez will be returning as Rain Ocampo for Resident Evil: Retribution, as well as Shawn Roberts reprising his role of villain Albert Wesker, a fan-favorite.
Now those of you who have faithfully followed the entire series know that it’s a little strange for Rodriguez to return, considering was zombified and killed in the first Resident Evil film. But considering that Resident Evil: Retribution is planning to bring everything full circle, her role will most likely be a flashback, along with Colin Salmon once again playing the leader of the commandos in the first film, James “One” Shade.
Quick synopsis of Resident Evil: Retribution below:
Paul W.S. Anderson returns to direct Retribution which picks up right where Afterlife left off. K-Mart (Spencer Locke), Claire (Ali Larter) and brother Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller) are captured by the Umbrella Corporation while the heroes must battle the Las Plagas variant of the infected, meaning the mindless zombies are replaced by stronger, scarier monsters. Sienna Guillory returns to play Jill Valentine who will now be featured as the film’s primary villain.
The series has rapidly grown to a big name franchise among fans, with Resident Evil: Afterlife being the current most successful installment and the only one so far to have implemented a shot-in-3D gore-fest. One thing that also made that fourth film so successful among the fans is that they were pleased to see actual usage of the elements and characters from the video game series, and it seems that Resident Evil: Retribution will continue that legacy by finally adding franchise favorite Leon Scott Kennedy. No word on who will be playing him, but rumors point to Supernatural front-man Jensen Ackles.
It seems like the series has finally found out that giving the fans want they want, putting elements from the popular gaming franchise onto the silver screen, is the way to box office happiness. After all, isn’t that a movie based on a video game should be all about?
Resident Evil: Retribution is set to release on September 14, 2012