RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION Casts Chinese Actress Li Bingbing as Ada Wong
The upcoming fifth installment of the popular, video game adapted Resident Evil film franchise, which is currently filming in Canada, is scheduled to hit theaters on September 14th, 2012.
Director Paul W.S. Anderson will return to helm Resident Evil: Retribution, while Milla Jovovich and Sienna Guillory will be reprising their roles as Alice and Jill Valentine. Punisher War Zone actor Colin Salmon has also been confirmed to appear alongside Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr and Shawn Roberts -- all veterans of the film franchise. Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe and Kevin Durand will also star.
Though no official plot details have been revealed, a few specifics have hit the net: Characters from the previous films Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller), Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and K-mart (Spencer Locke) have been captured by the Umbrella Corporation; the film will feature the Las Plagas parasite. Las Plagas are a breed of parasitic organisms in the Resident Evil games. Unlike the t-virus, which turned its victims into mindless zombies, the victims of Las Plagas become much stronger and highly resistant to pain, while working collectively to pursue their targets.
After recently revealing that Johann Urb will fill the role of Leon Kennedy in the film, Milla Jovovich has confirmed another casting:
"We have finally cast our Ada Wong! Drum roll please! So, Ada Wong in RE5 is being played by Chinese actress Li Bingbing! We're so excited!"
BingBing's credits include The Forbidden Kingdom, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Screen Gems and Sony Pictures have scheduled Resident Evil: Retribution, which is currently filming in Toronto, Canada, for theatrical release on September 14th, 2012.