Umbrella Academy's Tom Hopper says Resident Evil movie will make fans "happy"

Dan Seddon
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Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City star Tom Hopper has said that the upcoming reboot is going to make fans "happy".

Known for roles in The Umbrella Academy, Game of Thrones, and Black Sails, the English actor is onboard the video game adaptation as Albert Wesker – the vicious police captain who serves as a major villain throughout the franchise.

Speaking to Collider, Hopper weighed in on his character and the experience of filming.

Photo credit: Greg Doherty - Getty Images
Photo credit: Greg Doherty - Getty Images

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"I think fans of the game will be happy, but at the same time, I think they should recognise that we want to make these characters as real and as grounded as possible," he explained. "I feel like the Wesker in the game obviously has that [Agent] Smith from The Matrix-type idea.

"I wanted him to be a bit more three-dimensional than that, and have a moral high ground. It's not just as cut and dry as it is in the game. There's an origin element to Wesker in this, and what he maybe was before he turned into the one we see in a lot of the games.

"But I think from an aesthetic point of view, I think the games really influence this well."

Photo credit: Capcom
Photo credit: Capcom

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Hopper went on to say: "It is an aesthetic that, certainly when we were shooting it, I was like, 'Man, it feels like the game'.

"I'm really hoping that fans of the game take something nice away from it, that it's the game plus more. Plus more of a depth to these characters."

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will also star Kaya Scodelario and Robbie Amell as Claire and Chris Redfield, and Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is scheduled for release September 3.

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