Okay, yes, it’s disappointing that Mike Mignola and co. opted to find someone other than Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman to make a Hellboy movie, but Neil Marshall’s reboot continues to sound really, really exciting. We recently learned that the subtitle of the movie, which will star David Harbour as the titular son of the Fallen One, will be “Rise of the Blood Queen,” which, if you’s familiar, recalls one very cool comic arc with one very scary villain. Some more good news: Milla Jovovich has just been cast as the so-called Blood Queen, also known as the all-powerful witch Nimue.
I’ve often wondered if there will come a time when people will heartily defend the Resident Evil franchise. They’re not perfect movies, of course, and they increasingly have very little to do with the video game franchise they’re based on, but there are moments when Paul W.S. Anderson’s direction and Milla Jovovich’s star-power combined to elevate the whole affair into a kind of pulp extravagance that plenty of films cannot match. Given a bit of distance — or at least a bit of separation from a crowded field of VFX-driven action movies — maybe these films could get a critical boost to match their box office numbers.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is coming out in a week(!), and as the last in a five-movie franchise, it’s the culmination of 15 years of zombies and Hives and Alices and Umbrella Corporations that we’ve grown up with. If you need a bit of a refresher before heading into the last installment — and it’s usually a good idea, since these movies tend to pick up pretty soon after the previous one left off — it can seem like a daunting prospect. That is, unless you have Milla Jovovich herself to recap the whole series for you in record time.
Alice is back. Dr. Isaacs is back. The Red Queen is back. That laser hallway is back. Those dogs that grow increasingly worse in every installment of the franchise are back. All your favorites are returning for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and the latest trailer has invited old friends and new for the last outing of the series.
Along with some tidbits of new shows and movies coming to us all in the next year, NYCC has also gifted us all with an extended look at Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth and last installment in the franchise that has so far given us five different ways to end the world...
No film franchise has more endings than Resident Evil. The second movie was Resident Evil: Apocalypse, which sounds mighty final. Nope! Next came Resident Evil: Extinction. Hell, nothing follows extinction. Except the Afterlife! That was the next movie. Only the fifth movie, Resident Evil: Retribution, didn’t sound like a nod toward a conclusion. And now there’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the finalest final Resident Evil yet! At least until the next movie.
Some day, we’re going to look back at the career of Milla Jovovich and realize she was one of our more underappreciated action stars. While we spend our time arguing with Twitter eggs about representation in movies like Suicide Squad and Ghostbusters, Jovovich and her husband-director Paul W.S. Anderson have just been over in their own little corner of Hollywood, churning out modestly budgeted pulp action movies with a strong female lead. The upcoming Resident Evil release will be the sixth film in the franchise. Six!
Milla Jovovich is currently filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which is the final chapter of Resident Evil in case you didn’t know. While it may not be the end of the franchise (you can expect a reboot announcement as soon as The Final Chapter opens in theaters), it certainly looks like the end of the line for Jovovich’s Alice. The actress posted a photo to her Instagram showing off “Old Alice,” a new look for this movie that suggests her character is more into taking vitamins than taking out zombies.
Casting for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (which we have been assured is indeed the final chapter…for now) is complete, with Orange Is the New Black breakout star Ruby Rose joining the lineup along with returning cast members Iain Glen and Shawn Roberts. In addition, Screen Gems has revealed the official plot for the final installment, which unsurprisingly sees Milla Jovovich’s Alice fighting the evil Umbrella Corporation again.