Based on the iconic Japanese game Resident Evil, the newly released action-horror directed and written by Johannes Roberts, with distribution under the banner of Sony Pictures, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, revolving around a city by the name of Raccoon city, previously home to pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corp, the film takes a turn when evil is unleashed after the city turns into a wasteland, which a group of survivors must come together to fight and figure out the mystery behind it. The film is projected to earn between $8-10 million in its opening weekend against a production budget of just $40 million.
Kaya Scodelario, who is the leading star of the film, portrays the character of Claire Redfield, speaking with ComicBook.com during a discussion around the film revealed her scariest moment while filming the movie, which takes huge inspiration from the second installment in the game series Resident Evil 2 and really tries to capture the horror aspect from the games unlike other movie released in the Resident Evil film series till now which misses out on the huge aspect in a major way leaving the fans and followers pretty much bored.
"The whole film kind of felt like that, because we shot the whole thing at night. So, for three months we didn't see daylight. It was during the pandemic. It was in freezing cold Canada. So, we were all a bit on edge, and a little bit anxious to begin with," Scodelario explained. "And I do have quite a vivid imagination. So, on that day, I do remember being very, very freaked out, until I went to go to the porta-potty, to go to the toilet, and I saw her queuing up, and then I was kind of like, 'Okay, you're just a person. Everything is all right,'" Scodelario said to ComicBook.com, recalling that a particular scene from the movie in which a woman breaks through the glass was the scariest scene for her to shoot as it had to be filmed during the freezing nights of Canada which “freaked out” her to say the least.
She adds, explaining how the popular 1970’s horror film series The Exorcist was her introduction to the horror genre, which “traumatized” her for years. "I watched [The Exorcist] when I was way too young. It was my eighth birthday sleepover, and it came on the TV, and we all watched it," she told us. "And my mum got in so much trouble from the other parents. She got called into the school, because like four of them are traumatized, and yeah, it really messed me up. It was a bad, bad sleepover. So, The Exorcist. I still can't watch it to this day. I'm like, 'No, thank you!'"
In addition to Kaya Scodelario in the role of Claire Redfield, the other cast members of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City include names like Lauren Bill in the role of young Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen in the role of Jill Valentine, Tom Hopper in the role of Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia in the role of Leon S. Kennedy, Donal Logue in the role of Chief Brian Irons, Neal McDonough in the role of William Birkin, Lily Gao in the role of Ada Wong, Chad Rook in the role of Richard Aiken, Marina Mazepa in the role of Lisa Trevor, Janet Porter in the role of Annette Birkin, Holly De Barros in the role of Sherry Birkin, Sammy Azero in the role of Enrico Marini, Nathan Dales in the role of Brad Vickers, Josh Cruddas in the role of Ben Bertolucci.