Sienna Guillory Will Return as Jill Valentine in Resident Evil: Retribution
08.29.11 by Ryan
The character of Jill Valentine is popular amongst fans of the Resident Evil videogame franchise, but writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson didn't see fit to include her in his 2002 adaptation of Resident Evil, opting to invent the lead character with Milla Jovovich's Alice. Anderson tried to make up for the lack of game characters with the 2004 sequel, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (which Anderson only wrote and produced), by introducing British actress Sienna Guillory as Valentine.
Despite Apocalypse being eviscerated by critics, the sequel was a success at the box office, earning $129 million worldwide. Guillory was offered to reprise the role in 2007's Resident Evil: Extinction, but her commitment to 2006's Eragon wouldn't allow her. Instead of replacing Guillory, the character wasn't included. Then, in last year's Resident Evil: Afterlife, Guillory made a cameo as Valentine at the end of the movie which seemed to set up a "Valentine vs. Alice" storyline for the next sequel, now titled Resident Evil: Retribution.
In March, Guillory announced via her Twitter that she had started training for Retribution, seeming to confirm herself online. However, when Anderson was confirmed to direct Retribution, the news also revealed that the role of Jill Valentine was going to be recast.
Online fans denounced the move, and after weeks of mystery, Guillory offered some hope earlier today by Tweeting that she had a meeting that would sort out her involvement in Retribution.
Big day tomorrow! Meeting Paul Anderson and [producers] Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer to see what my future looks like...
Hours later, Guillory celebrated the meeting's success.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! RETRIBUTION HERE I COME!
Not much more is known about the sequel, other than what was revealed at the end of Afterlife, but it has been reported that Resident Evil video game characters Barry Burton, Leon Scott Kennedy, and, most recently, Ada Wong, will appear in the sequel as well. Obviously, Jovovich will also return, and, likely, so will 3-D, as Anderson found great success with it in Afterlife and is using it for his next movie, The Three Musketeers.