See the Cast of ‘Resident Evil’ Then and Now
There have been five live-action ‘Resident Evil’ films made, and it wasn’t until the most recent (‘Resident Evil: Retribution’), that all the main characters from the video game series were finally introduced. Over the past decade, Paul W.S. Anderson has been doing his best to damage the brand Capcom has so carefully curated since Resident Evil arrived on the PlayStation in 1996. Since 2002, no film franchise has been as bafflingly popular, so we figured we’d check in on the cast to see why they keep agreeing to star in this continually expanding series.
Milla Jovovich, Alice
Then: After finding success moving from modelling to acting in hits like ‘The Fifth Element’ and ‘He Got Game,’ Milla was tapped to star as Alice, the protagonist of the ‘Resident Evil’ movies. You might remember the character from her appearances in none of the video games.
Now: Milla went from playing Paul W.S. Anderson’s muse to playing his wife. She continues to star in the ‘Resident Evil’ films (‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ is currently shooting and due in 2016), while also completing her marriage contract by showing up in every single one of Anderson’s terrible movies like ‘The Three Musketeers.’
Sienna Guillory, Jill Valentine
Then: Jill Valentine was the first official human character from the Resident Evil canon to show up in the films. Guillory did her best, but running around in a tube top and skirt for 90 minutes didn’t exactly let her show off her acting chops.
Now: Guillory returned to the ‘Resident Evil’ films in ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ after a short reprieve from the series. Most recently, she starred alongside Idris Elba in season three of ‘Luther.’ Next up is a co-starring role with Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons in ‘High Rise’.
Ali Larter, Claire Redfield
Then: Of all the roles Larter probably wishes people would forget about, Claire Redfield probably falls somewhere between Chrissy in ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ and Darcy in ‘Varsity Blues.’
Now: Aside from ‘Heroes,’ Larter hasn’t been all that busy in front of the camera these past few years. Her most recent role was as an adulteress on ‘The League’.
Wentworth Miller, Chris Redfield
Then: Fans had been waiting through three terrible movies for Chris Redfield to show up, and when he finally did, he was played with all the range of a block of wood by Wentworth Miller. He exited the series almost as soon as he showed up.
Now: Since the success and subsequent cancellation of ‘Prison Break,’ MIller hasn’t been up to much. Save for appearing as Captain Cold in WB’s ‘The Flash’. He will return as Chris Redfield in ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ in 2016.
Johann Urb, Leon Kennedy
Then: When it comes to memorable Resident Evil characters from the game series, Leon Kennedy is right up there with the best of them. It’s too bad his film counterpart, played by Urb, showed up to sport that goofy haircut, look handsome and do little else.
Now: Urb’s had some bit parts here and there, but is likely most recognizable from his short stint on ‘Californication’.
Shawn Roberts, Albert Wesker
Then: Ultimate bad ass of bad asses, Albert Wesker is played with the subtlety of a nuclear bomb by Roberts. He’s actually one of the best parts of these movies because he’s clearly having such a good time playing a bad dude. That’s not saying much though.
Now: Who could forget Roberts turn as Dean on ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’? Pretty much everyone outside of Canada. As such, Roberts hasn’t had much to do beyond the occasional TV role aside from hamming it up whenever Anderson comes calling for the dude to play Wesker.
Kevin Durand, Barry Burton
Then: Barry Burton is one of the original heroes from the first Resident Evil game. He doesn’t show up in the movies until ‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’ but Durand manages to have one of the most memorable shootout moments in the film series’ history.
Now: Durand has pretty much been in everything ever, including turns on ‘Lost’ and in films like ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ and ‘Real Steel’ and everything in-between. He was most recently in Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ and on the FX series ‘The Strain’.
Bingbing Li, Ada Wong
Then: Star of multiple Chinese martial arts films, Li was given the opportunity to play the mysterious femme fatale Ada Wong in ‘Resident Evil: Retribution.’ Sadly, instead of tearing up action sequences, all she got to do was follow Milla Jovovich around in her trademark red dress.
Now: Li continues acting in her native China, but will grace global screens once more in 2014 when she appears in Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction.’ Somehow, her character will probably have even less characterization. She’ll also be back as Ada in 2016′s ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’.
Michelle Rodriguez, Rain
Then: Rodriguez played hard-ass with a heart of gold Rain in the very first ‘Resident Evil.’ Clones of her character showed back up in ‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’ each with a different personality showing off Rodriguez’s range as a hard-ass, a hard-ass, a tough woman and a hard-ass.
Now: Is there a movie franchise Michelle Rodriguez hasn’t appeared in? With steady roles in the ‘Fast and the Furious’ movies, as well as ‘Machete’ and ‘Avatar,’ she’s definitely been keeping busy. Next up will be the seventh ‘Fast’ movie, due out this year.
Boris Kodjoe, Luther West
Then: There’s no real explanation for how Kodjoe’s Luther West continues to survive the ‘Resident Evil’ movies other than Anderson wants as many characters he created just for the movies to survive in place of the actual fan-favorite game characters. Also, he has a crush on Alice or something.
Now: Kodjoe hasn’t had very many big film roles, but he’s appeared in ‘Baggage Claim’ and ‘Nurse 3D’. He’s also had a recurring role on ‘Unforgettable’.
Oded Fehr, Carlos
Then: Umbrella soldier Carlos should have died in ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse,’ but somehow he survived long enough to appear in a few more sequels. Fehr no doubt loved the chance to hop back into the role best described as “guy with a gun number six.”
Now: Fehr’s had a regular role on USA’s ‘Covert Affairs,’ while also voicing Ra’s Al Ghul in the prematurely cancelled ‘Young Justice’. He’s a much better actor than the ‘Resident Evil’ movies allow him to be.
Colin Salmon, James Shade
Then: Salmon led the first infiltration of Umbrella’s Raccoon City facility in ‘Resident Evil.’ He was allowed a swift exit after being shredded to pieces by a laser trap. Of course, like everyone else in the series, more clones of his character returned in the most recent entry, only to meet a swift end yet again.
Now: You can find Salmon on the acclaimed ‘Arrow’ as Walter Steele. He’s also appeared in several of the Pierce Brosnan Bond flicks, and has a healthy library of British television shows bolstering his resume.