Sure, the Resident Evil series is filled with death and destruction at every turn, but who says that the R-rated franchise can't be a family affair too? Together, director Paul W.S. Anderson and his wife Milla Jovovich, the indisputable star of the series, have crafted a popular and enduring video game adaptation that will soon end with the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
To keep it in the family (and presumably save a bomb on babysitting fees), the Hollywood power couple have decided to cast their real-life daughter Ever Jovovich in the role of the Red Queen. To recap: the Red Queen is the dangerous computer program that appears as a creepy young British girl throughout the franchise.
In a live Facebook chat, Jovovich (the older one) praised Jovovich the younger's performance, and shed a little light on what it's like to film a gory zombie movie with your daughter in tow:
“It was so amazing to work with you [Ever]. You are [an] unbelievably talented actress, more talented than I’ve ever been. It was an honor and a privilege to work with you. You’re such a great listener and you understand what it is to be real and natural and organic, and I give you so much kudos for that… you keep impressing me every single day.”
That's great and all, but for those of you who haven't watched Alice kick a zombie dog's head in slo-mo for a while, you may have an important question that needs answering right about now;
Who Is The Red Queen?
Originally modelled after the daughter of Umbrella's head programmer, Dr. Charles Ashford, the Red Queen is the holographic projection of a supercomputer that monitored daily activity within the Hive.
After the zombie-making T-Virus was accidentally unleashed in the first Resident Evil movie, the Red Queen did everything in her power to protect human life at all cost. This included allowing a small number of people to die for the greater good.
However, by the time that the franchise reached its fifth instalment (Resident Evil: Retribution), the Red Queen became psychotic and used every Umbrella resource at her disposal to wipe out humanity for good. Think Hal 9000, but with a creepy little girl vibe and less singing.
Like the zombies that she helped create, the Red Queen came back to life even after Umbrella Prime was destroyed. It seems that the computer is capable of transferring its programming to any available Umbrella facility to prevent its own destruction.
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Will The Red Queen Help Alice Or Try To Kill Her Again In 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter'?
Despite being a supposedly neutral computer program, the Red Queen has switched sides more than once over the span of five Resident Evil films. She's alternated between trying to help and kill Alice, depending on what her prime objectives are at the time they meet.
The last we heard of the Red Queen was in Resident Evil: Retribution, where Albert Wesker revealed the supercomputer's plan to wipe out what remains of humanity using Umbrella's bio weapons, because it's not like the humans have suffered enough already.
Understandably then, Alice doesn't trust the Red Queen one bit by the time she appears in the new trailer for Final Chapter. However, at one point, the supercomputer warns our heroine of the danger that appears behind her, suggesting that perhaps the Red Queen has seen the error of her ways. Or, maybe she's just doing that dramatically evil thing where you point our your victim's immediate death before laughing maniacally?
Either way, the casting of Ever Jovovich in Final Chapter makes us wonder whatever happened to the little girl Becky from Resident Evil: Retribution. You know, the clone who became super-attached to Alice and emerged into an apocalyptic wasteland along with the other survivors at the end of the film?
To be honest, we imagine Becky probably had her neck ripped out by a zombie at some point before Alice stole that Umbrella motorcycle and gave a cheeky wink to the camera. Although, we suppose there's always a chance she's holed up somewhere safe, waiting for the world to be saved. Your guess is as good as ours.
Maybe she'll even make it to this list of best ass kicking women one day, but she might have some competition from Milla Jovovich's daughter, Ever.
What role do you think the Red Queen will play when Resident Evil: Final Chapter hits cinemas on January 27, 2017?