Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Debuts Opening Clip Online Ahead of Netflix Premiere

With Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness slated to premiere on Netflix next month on Thursday, July 8, the CG anime series based on the popular Resident Evil video game franchise has debuted its opening scene online.

Set in the year 2000 -- six years before the show's events begin proper -- the two-and-a-half-minute clip follows Jason (Ray Chase), leader of the U.S. Army Mad Dogs, and takes place in the fictional, civil war-ravaged nation of Penamstan. After a U.S. special forces helicopter goes down, the Mad Dogs defy their orders to stay put, instead opting to try and save the survivors, resulting in an intense battle. Back in the present (i.e. 2006), Jason serves as a U.S. federal agent alongside one Leon S. Kennedy (Nick Apostolides).

Directed by Eiichiro Hasumi and composed by Yugo Kanno, Infinite Darkness stars Apostolides and Stephanie Panisello as classic Resident Evil characters Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, respectively, reprising their roles from Capcom's 2019 remake of Resident Evil 2. A full synopsis for Netflix's CG anime can be found below.

Six years ago (2000), the helicopter belonging to the U.S. special forces who were intervening in the Penamstan civil war fell from the sky. The U.S. Army Mad Dogs, who were in the same battleground, refused orders from the command center to stand their ground and instead went to save survivors of the crash. However, the special forces were already annihilated. The Mad Dogs, led by their captain Jason, were also forced to escape in order to survive.

However, in that place, Jason and his unit saw the supposedly dead special forces moving in strange ways...

In the present (2006), a hacking incident occurs on a top secret White House file. Four agents, including Leon S. Kennedy and Jason, the “Hero of Penamstan,” are invited to the White House to investigate this incident. However, when the lights suddenly go out, they are forced to take down a horde of mysterious zombies alongside the SWAT team. Afterward, the top secret file is found to be related to a biology laboratory in Shanghai, which Leon and the other three agents decide to investigate for clues. As they head to Shanghai in a cutting-edge submarine, a swarm of rat-like Bio Organic Weapons (B.O.W.) suddenly attacks, pushing them into a life-or-death situation.

Meanwhile, while staying in Penamstan to provide support for refugees, Terra Save staff member Claire Redfield encounters a strange image drawn by a nonverbal boy. Haunted by this drawing, which appears to depict a victim of viral infection, Claire starts her own investigation. She eventually finds a terrifying experiment that was conducted during the Penamstan civil war. Leon and Claire draw closer to an unimaginable truth that all began in Penamstan. They also discover that a terror that can shatter peace is slowly approaching...

Directed by Eiichiro Hasumi, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness stars Nick Apostolides as Leon S. Kennedy, Stephanie Panisello as Claire Redfield, Ray Chase as Jason, Jona Xiao as Shen May, Billy Kametz as Patrick, Joe J. Thomas as Graham, Doug Stone as Wilson and Brad Venable as Ryan. The CG anime premieres on Netflix July 8.

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