In amongst a deluge of set photos and other assorted information regarding the new Resident Evil movie reboot (which is set to comprise the stories of Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2), we have a new casting announcement that’s pretty spot on! Donal Logue, who’s best known for his role as Harvey Bullock on the Batman spin-off series Gotham, will be joining the cast as the twisted and depraved R.P.D. chief Brian Irons. This news comes courtesy of Deadline earlier today, along with news that Chad Rook (The Flash) and Lily Gao (The Handmaid’s Tale) being cast in supporting roles. While their characters haven’t been officially announced, Rook has made it pretty clear on his social media that he’ll be playing doomed S.T.A.R.S. member Richard Aiken, and I’m willing to bet that Gao will be Ada.
Logue marks the seventh major cast member of the Resident Evil reboot to be announced, following the casting of Jill Valentine ( Hannah John-Kamen), Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell), Albert Wesker (Tom Hopper), Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario), Leon Kennedy (Avan Jogia), and William Birkin (Neal McDonough). We still don’t have any casting on other major members of S.T.A.R.S. or the R.P.D. (like Rebecca, Barry, etc), assuming they’re in the film at all. Rook’s teasing that he’ll be playing Richard makes me more hopeful for seeing them, but even then I don’t see how the film could have much room for them outside of very minor roles at best considering it’s mashing together the first two Resident Evil games. I just hope that, if Rebecca and Barry do appear, they aren’t treated as red shirts and killed immediately. I don’t want to see Rebecca die, please and thank you. Considering how damn faithful the sets have been (and the surprising possible casting of Lisa Trevor), there’s really no way of knowing just yet.
I’ve been in a constant state of shock with everything we’ve heard so far — and it’s been the good kind of shock at that. I’m remaining hopeful for the film, and at the very least I’m excited to see the recreated locations on the big screen (assuming movie theaters still exist by release).