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Why Claire Redfield From Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City Looks So Familiar

"Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City" is about to bring the horrific zombie carnage of the classic Capcom video games to the big screen. The original games pit players against hordes of the undead while also trying to survive against hulking monsters and other disturbing creatures. The new film directed by Johannes Roberts combines the story in 1996's "Resident Evil" — the first chapter of the franchise — as well as its sequel, "Resident Evil 2." Many audiences will be familiar with "Resident Evil" thanks to the movies by Paul W. S. Anderson starring Milla Jovovich — but Sony has taken a much more faithful approach with the 2021 reboot.

While the Anderson movies focused on Alice (Milla Jovovich), the reboot will follow Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell) and his fellow S.T.A.R.S. officers as they investigate the mysterious Spencer mansion after reports of vicious killings. Unfortunately, they stumble onto some of the disturbing experiments created by the Umbrella Corporation. But as the undead roam through Raccoon City, a few survivors are trapped in the Police Department, including Claire Redfield — who is investigating Umbrella and all the shady activity they've been involved with.

Fans will already know that Claire has a big role in the series alongside her brother Chris, and Sony is really pushing the characters into the spotlight this time around. But here's why Claire Redfield from "Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City" looks so familiar.

Kaya Scodelario played Effy in Skins

Kaya Scodelario is best known to British audiences as Effy Stonem in the Channel 4 drama "Skins," which follows the lives of various teenagers living in and around the city of Bristol. Effy struggles with drug and alcohol dependency, as well as some mental health issues later on in the series. The star played Effy in a recurring role in the first and second seasons of the show, as she plays the younger sister of Tony (Nicholas Hoult). But when Season 3 cycles in a new cast of troubled teens, Effy is pushed into the spotlight.

Scodelario brings a mysterious charm to Effy since she doesn't really open up to her friends about her life — instead, she relies on drugs and alcohol to keep her stable. She's also the focus of a love triangle, which includes Freddie (Luke Pasqualino) and Cook (Jack O'Connell). She also catches the eye of an unhinged psychologist, who exacerbates her condition with different medication and even kills Freddie because of his obsession with Effy.

Scodelario perfectly brings Effy to life with a haunting performance, so it's no wonder that she's become an international star since her time on "Skins."

The Maze Runner trilogy

Based on the 2009 books of the same name, "The Maze Runner" follows a group of boys who are trapped in the middle of a terrifying maze that constantly shifts its layout. They all arrive in a place called the Glade with no memory of their past. It's eventually revealed that the maze is an elaborate design by the sinister company WCKD — which is experimenting on teenage boys in an attempt to find a cure for the Cranks — or humans infected with the Flare virus. Kaya Scodelario plays Teresa — the first girl to ever arrive in the maze, but her role gets much deeper as the films go on as she's also a part of WCKD.

Much of the trilogy sees Teresa's allegiance sway between WCKD and the Gladers, and she does a fantastic job of playing both sides. She also has great chemistry with Dylan O'Brien's lead hero, Thomas, who winds up leading the charge against WCKD. Scodelario also proves she can handle an action-heavy role with ease thanks to the trilogy, which definitely helped open some other doors for the star.

Pirates of the Caribbean

In 2017, Scodelario joined one of the biggest franchises of all time: "Pirates of the Caribbean." She stepped into the role of Carina Smyth Barbossa for "Salazar's Revenge," and the character is the daughter of Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Because Carina is an academic woman, she's accused of being a witch when the adventure gets started. Thankfully, she runs into the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and she finds herself on a quest to find Poseidon's Trident. Of course, they're also up against the ghostly forces of Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who is searching for the trident so he can kill all pirates in revenge for his death.

Scodelario adds an interesting dynamic to the motley crew of pirates since her intelligence puts her ahead of everyone else. But she winds up falling for Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), the daughter of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). Their dynamic is incredibly fun throughout "Salazar's Revenge," and it'd be great to see where their story goes in the future.

Scodelario told Screen Rant that she signed on for "Pirates of the Caribbean 6," and has a good idea of what she'd like to do with the character, saying, "I signed up for two movies. So I am contractually obliged, but I'd love to [do it]. I think there's a lot we can still do." She also added, "I'd like to see a Carina who takes the helm of Barbossa on the sea — have her own all-female pirate crew."


One of the most unique horror movies of 2019 pits Kaya Scodelario against a pack of alligators. "Crawl" is a relatively simple story, as the star plays Haley, a young woman who ignores a flood warning to go look for her dad (Barry Pepper). Unfortunately, when she finds him at home, he's injured in the rising floodwater. That's when all hell breaks loose and several alligators find their way into the house thanks to the floodwater. The animals start hunting Haley and her dad through the building, and it's a masterclass in tension from director Alexandre Aja.

The film impressed many critics, with the Irish Times' Tara Brady writing "Note perfect, impeccably timed, thrillingly stressful, brilliantly cinematic, inventively gory, and under 90 minutes." Scodelario practically carries the horror flick on her shoulders for the majority of the film, and she excels in making the audience believe the desperation of her ordeal. So it'll be interesting to see how she stretches her horror limbs in "Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City."