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Where You've Seen The Cast Of Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City Before

Grisly, horrific, and hellish are just a few words to describe the atmosphere of Capcom's ultra-successful survival horror video game franchise, "Resident Evil." Launching in 1996 on the PlayStation console, "Resident Evil" horrified players and parents with the level of frights and gore depicted in the pixelated halls of the Spencer Mansion, tucked deep in the fictional Arklay Mountains just beyond Raccoon City. The game challenged players to survive as special forces characters while getting to the bottom of a viral outbreak that is creating monsters and zombies that roam the mountainside. 

The game would prove to be a commercial success and spawned an equally popular sequel in 1998 with "Resident Evil 2," in which the virus has traversed from the Arklay Mountains down into the streets of Raccoon City and the dead shamble at every corner. Many more sequels and remakes would arrive in the years to come, creating an enduring legacy for the series on video game consoles. Now, after a lengthy action-oriented film series starring Milla Jovovich, director Johannes Roberts has brought the film franchise back to its video game roots with a faithful survival horror adaptation. Many of your favorite characters are portrayed by familiar faces with an expansive new cast. Let's take a look at each of the primary cast members to see why they might seem familiar.

Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield

Portraying the badass biker and zombie-slaying heroine Claire Redfield is Kaya Scodelario, who is no stranger to movies where only the fittest survive. The actress tested her mettle in the survival horror scene already with a starring role in 2019's "Crawl," where she battled alligators in a flooding home during a torrential hurricane. Scodelario began her professional career in 2007 at the age of 14 in the TV series "Skins" as Effy Stonem, playing the role for four seasons. In 2009 she appeared in "Moon," opposite Sam Rockwell. The next year she took on the role of Peshet in the remake of the classic Greek mythology epic "Clash of the Titans," with Sam Worthington starring as Perseus. 

Scodelario then joined the cast of "The Maze Runner" (2014) as Teresa, returning in the sequels "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" (2015) and "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" (2018). She next landed a role in the massive Disney "Pirates" franchise with her portrayal of Carina Smith in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" (2017). In 2019, Scodelario embodied Carole Ann Boone, a friend of serial killer Ted Bundy, in Netflix's "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile." Her work with Netflix continued in the series "Spinning Out," where she played the role of Kat Baker, who suffered from bipolar disorder while pursuing a career as a competitive ice skater. Next up for Scodelario is "The King's Daughter," a fantasy adventure due out in 2022.

Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield

The Special Tactics and Rescue Service, simply known in the "Resident Evil" video game series as S.T.A.R.S., wouldn't be the outfit that it is without fearless Chris Redfield at the helm. Now Robbie Amell is embodying that special forces leader in the latest film adaptation.

Avid Netflix watchers are likely familiar with the actor from the semi-horror film "The Babysitter" (2017), in which he played the role of Max, a cross between a musclebound jock and a murderous psychopath. Amell reprised the role in 2020's "The Babysitter: Killer Queen." In 2019, he produced and co-starred in the Netflix film "Code 8" opposite his famous cousin, "Arrow" star Stephen Amell. Robbie plays Connor Reed, a super-powered individual who casts his lot with criminals simply to obtain the money he needs to help his ailing mother.

Robbie Amell kicked off his professional career in 2005 with the role of Daniel Murtagh in "Cheaper by the Dozen 2." Other credits include films like "American Pie Presents: Beta House" (2007), "The DUFF" (2015), and "Max" (2015), while his significant TV roles including spots in "Life with Derek," "True Jackson, VP", "Revenge," "The Tomorrow People," and "The Flash." 

Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine

Chris Redfield's equally deadly partner in the S.T.A.R.S. unit is Jill Valentine. The talented agent and survivor even starred in her own game with "Resident Evil 3: Nemesis." Now Hannah John-Kamen is filling Jill's combat boots on the big screen.

John-Kamen is fairly new to theatrical films, but she's appeared in a few notable roles that fans will undoubtedly recognize. She made her film debut in a tiny independent effort called "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015), as a First Order officer. In Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the video game-centric novel "Ready Player One" (2018), John-Kamen portrayed F'Nale Zandor, who did all of the villain's dirty work outside of the virtual world to further the interests of the company she worked for. Not ready to drop the bad-guy act, John-Kamen jumped over to "Ant-Man and the Wasp" in the same year, playing the role of the villainous but misunderstood character Ghost (a.k.a. Ava Starr).

She made brief appearances in several TV series until she eventually landed a starring role in the Canadian sci-fi show "Killjoys" in 2015, which would last five seasons. In 2016, she appeared in two episodes of "Game of Thrones" as Ornela, a Dothraki widow who shares some notable interactions with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) in the series. Most recently, she had a recurring role in the short-lived Peacock series "Brave New World" as Wilhemina "Helm" Watson.

Neal McDonough as William Birkin

Every deadly menace in horror history has its creator and the monsters of "Resident Evil" are no different. William Birkin is one of the primary scientists responsible for the G-virus, which is basically the primary zombie-creating T-virus on steroids and turns living beings into hulking monstrosities. Neal McDonough is the actor that brings this madman to life on the big screen, and he has no shortage of acting credentials to his name. In fact, he may be the most instantly recognizable actor, thanks to his lengthy list of credits.

Many might recall McDonough's role in the HBO epic series "Band of Brothers," which chronicled the exploits of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division during their operations in Europe in World War II. While that role certainly made McDonough a mainstay, he began his career in the '90s with substantial parts in films like "Angels in the Outfield" (1994), "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996), and "Ravenous" (1999).

McDonough's career blossomed even further in the 2000s with notable roles in films like "Minority Report" (2002), "Timeline" (2003), "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006), and "Traitor" (2008). He joined the MCU with Captain America's debut film, "Captain America: The First Avenger," where he played the role of Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan from the Howling Commandos — a role he'd reprise in the TV series "Agent Carter" and "Agents of SHIELD." Meanwhile, DC comics fans are likely familiar with his turn as the villainous Damien Darhk across multiple CW shows, including "Arrow," "The Flash," and "Legends of Tomorrow."

Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker

Those who have immersed themselves in "Resident Evil" lore know that Albert Wesker is the slick and shadowy villain who once was a brother-in-arms to Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine as part of the clandestine S.T.A.R.S. unit. But his double life came to an end, however, as he ultimately served his true master — the evil Umbrella Corporation. English actor Tom Hopper is putting on the shades and donning the Wesker persona in the new film.

Some viewers may recognize him from his earliest projects in British programming, including roles in "Casualty," "Doctors," "Kingdom," "Doctor Who," and "Merlin." He'd eventually dip into American television with his leading role as William "Billy Bones" Manderly in the Starz series, "Black Sails." Hopper also appeared in the ultra-popular "Game of Thrones" as Dickon Tarly, brother of primary character Samwell Tarley. His latest high-profile TV gig is playing the super-strong Luther Hargreeves on Netflix's "The Umbrella Academy."

In film, Hopper appeared in the romantic comedy "I Feel Pretty" starring Amy Schumer, followed by "Terminator: Dark Fate" (2019), a British thriller called "SAS: Red Notice" (2021) and "Hitman's Wife's Bodygaurd" (2021).

Donal Logue as Chief Brian Irons

In "Resident Evil 2," Claire and Leon encounter the deeply disturbed Raccoon City Police Department's Chief Brian Irons. Documentation found throughout the game clearly indicates that the chief is a rather unsavory fellow who is totally corrupt and has taken bribes from Umbrella to shield them from investigations. The man even has a violent history himself. Donal Logue of "Gotham" fame realizes the role of Chief Brian Irons on the big screen.

Not to typecast him, but Logue portrayed the semi-corrupt, morally conflicted detective Harvey Bullock in the Fox series "Gotham" — a show that was set prior to Bruce Wayne officially donning the cape and cowl as Batman. Not all of his television roles were dark and dreary, however: Logue played it for laughs in the 2001 sitcom "Grounded for Life" as Sean Finnerty. He's also held other recurring roles in major television series including "ER," "Sons of Anarchy," and "Vikings," where he played King Horik.

Logue has also enjoyed a healthy career in feature films like "Gettysburg" (1993), "Little Women" (1994), and the Marvel vampire-slaying thriller "Blade" (1998). Heading into the 2000s, Logue has had a number of credits to his name with films like "Ghost Rider" (2007), "Zodiac" (2007), "Max Payne" (2008), "Charlie St. Cloud" (2010), and the Netflix film "The Cloverfield Paradox" (2018).

Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy

Leon S. Kennedy, the rookie cop who easily earns his veteran stripes in a single day's work, is put to the test as he enters the undead city. His zombie expertise from "Resident Evil 2" — in his seemingly lifelong career battling Umbrella — is later put to use with his mission to save the President's daughter in "Resident Evil 4." 

Avan Jogia plays the character in the new film and is no stranger to battling the undead. Many may remember Jogia in the action-comedy "Zombieland: Double Tap," starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone, with plenty of comedic zombie-slaying to go around. Jogia first began his career with the made-for-TV film "A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story" (2006). He'd eventually have a leading role as Beck Oliver in the Nickelodeon sitcom "Victorious," with his character also making a guest appearance in "iCarly." Later he'd have significant roles in "Ghost Wars" and the Quibi series "The Stranger."

In film, he played the role of Nico Gladstone in the drama "I Am Michael," starring James Franco, Emma Roberts, and Zachary Quinto. He'd go on to appear in a series of romantic comedies and dramas, including "The Year of Spectacular Men" (2017), "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (2018), "The New Romantic" (2018), and "Paper Year" (2018). Jogia then switched gears and took on the small yet pivotal role of Karim Hassan in the 2019 reboot/sequel "Shaft," starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Lily Gao as Ada Wong

"Resident Evil" may be filled with hardened characters skilled in combat with the unnatural, but it only has one true femme fatale and that's Ada Wong. The mysterious agent, who apparently does contract work for a competitor of the evil Umbrella Corporation while also aiding Leon Kennedy, is skilled in the art of corporate espionage. One thing is for certain: she can hold her own. The character receives a new life on the big screen, with Lily Gao fulfilling the role of the enigmatic character in a mid-credits scene.

Sci-fi fans will immediately recognize Gao for her crucial role in the spacefaring series "The Expanse" as Nancy Gao, Secretary-General for the United Nations, who attempts to lead the good folks of Earth in a fight against terrorists who reside in the asteroid belt. She's held several smaller roles in both film and television. Her career began with a Steven Seagal series titled "True Justice" (2011), but she'd eventually show up in other TV programs, including "Transporter: The Series," "Blood and Water," and "Second Jen." She also had a notable role in the prominent Hulu series "The Handmaid's Tale," as Evelyn Chu.

Marina Mazepa as Lisa Trevor

As with many stories in the world of "Resident Evil," Lisa Trevor's is certainly one of pain and tragedy. Her family was close to Oswell E. Spencer, one of the top men behind the twisted experimentations at the Umbrella Corporation. He betrayed the Trevors and Lisa was experimented on for many years. Hideously transformed by the experiments, Lisa Trevor was never again in her right mind.

Marina Mazepa is bringing Lisa Trevor to life, and it sounds like she's the perfect fit for the job: One of her recent performances was as the twisted being Gabriel in James Wan's latest horror film, "Malignant." She's also portrayed the creepy entity known as Mary of Elnor in the film "The Unholy," and has also appeared as "The Echo" in the Peacock series "The Girl in the Woods." While she doesn't have many credits yet to her name and it may be difficult to recognize her face from her prior works, Mazepa's career is just getting started.

Nathan Dales as Brad Vickers

In the S.T.A.R.S. unit, Brad Vickers is the flighty (no pun intended) helicopter pilot. After flying his team into an apparent hot zone in the Arklay Mountains populated with zombie dogs, he takes off and ditches his teammates on the ground. He later attempts a semi-redemptive act by eventually returning to aid his team in the fight with the beastly Tyrant. Brad eventually meets his demise in the streets of Raccoon City, as seen in the opening sequence of the game "Resident Evil 3: Nemesis."

Nathan Dales is portraying the hapless Brad Vickers in the film. Is he more honorable onscreen than in the video games? You'll have to watch and find out for yourself. Dales may not be immediately recognizable, but he has a handful of credits to his name. He began work in TV series like "King and Maxwell" and "iZombie," where he briefly appeared as an EMT. He took on a more prominent role for two episodes of "Supernatural" as the character Seth. In 2017 he played the role of Agent Shamansky in "The Indian Detective" miniseries, then took on the recurring part of Daryl, which he portrayed in both the animated miniseries "Littlekenny" and the TV series "Letterkenny." The latter is perhaps his largest role to date, covering more than 60 episodes of the series.

Chad Rook as Richard Aiken

In the first entry of the video game series "Resident Evil," it's revealed that a member of the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team, Richard Aiken, was sent to the Spencer Mansion prior to the arrival of Chris Redfield's Alpha team. Eventually, Chris and Jill find him wounded from the bite of a massive poisonous snake. If the players are able to heal Richard in a timely manner, he is able to assist Jill in the fight with the massive snake at the cost of his own life.

Chad Rook, the actor behind the doomed Aiken, has a healthy list of smaller acting credits to his name. While not super well-known, fans of the demon-hunting Winchester brothers of "Supernatural" might recognize him as Zachariah. He also appeared in director Matt Reeves' sci-fi epic "War for the Planet of the Apes" in 2017. Most recently he's played recurring roles in "Siren" as Chris Mueller and "Virgin River" as the character of Spencer. Rook's other film appearances include the 2020 short film "We Came From the Sea" — which garnered him a Leo Award for Best Performance by a Male — the indie horror "Extremity," and the made-for-TV rom-com film "The Perfect Pickup," which he also wrote and directed.

Josh Cruddas as Ben Bertolucci

In the "Resident Evil" video game series, not much is known about reporter Ben Bertolucci outside of his drive to bring down Chief Irons for his corruption. In "Resident Evil 2," he is ultimately killed by the horrors that plague the Raccoon Police Department, but Leon uncovers some of his investigative work — including his interview with Annette Birkin, an Umbrella scientist and wife of the G-virus creator, William Birkin.

The film adaptation will plant Josh Cruddas squarely in the reporter's shoes. Beginning his professional career in the mid-2000s, Cruddas has had prominent roles in multiple projects, including the TV series "Ghostwriter" as the Mad Hatter, "Future Man" as Vincent Van Gogh, and the Netflix crime drama "Polar" as Alexei. With several more projects ahead – including director Roland Emmerich's apocalyptic disaster film "Moonfall" – it is likely that we'll see much more of Cruddas in the years to come.

Janet Porter as Annette Birkin

Fans of the video game series know that "Resident Evil" is filled with maniacal individuals bent on fueling their "brilliance" by shattering any semblance of morality they may have once harbored. Annette was one of these individuals, blindly supporting her husband's discovery of the G-virus and his attempt to sell the virus to the U.S. military under Umbrella's nose. Not exactly burnishing her credentials for mother of the year, she left her own daughter Sherry unattended in the resulting viral breakout to focus on her research efforts.

Janet Porter, the actress behind Annette Birkin, is familiar with filling the role of a twisted parent. In the 2017 film version of Stephen King's "It," she portrayed the mother of Losers Club member Stanley Uris, while playing the mom of another member, Richie Tozier, in "It: Chapter Two." Despite several smaller film appearances, she has landed some significant roles in television, including most recently the role of Laura Hardy in the Hulu original "The Hardy Boys."