Cast for live-action Resident Evil stage production revealed on Twitter


It seems for all the world wide importation of originally Japanese expressions of fandom such as cosplay and doujinshi, Japan is still finding unique ways to celebrate beloved series. A trend that has remained uniquely Japanese is the adaptation of an anime, video game, or manga to a full fledged stage show or musical. Featuring costumes and themes faithful to the original series, these plays draw in fans of geekery and theater alike. While properties like Sailor Moon have seen regular stage productions for over twenty years, Japanese producers have set their sights on a new subject: survival horror video game series Resident Evil, or Biohazard, as it’s known in Japan.

Running from October 22nd to November 1st in the Roppongi area of Tokyo, Biohazard: The Stage recently announced their staring cast via Twitter. BSAA agents Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans travel to Australia when a bioterrorism event occurs at Philosophy University. There, Redfield reunites with former S.T.A.R.S. member Rebecca Chambers, who has become a professor there in the years following the Arklay Mansion incident. Together, they must team up to save the day from a little bit of crazy and a whole lot of zombies.

Seijiro Nakamura will be taking the starring role as series frequent Chris Redfield.

RE Stage 01

Piers Nivans, who’s been a fan favourite since his debut in Resident Evil 6, will be played by Wataru Kuriyama.

RE Stage 02

And Rin Asuka will portray Rebecca Chambers, a character who fans of the series frequently accuse developer Capcom of forgetting.

RE Stage 03

These familiar characters will be joined by a host of new faces. There have already seen some grumblings online about the all Japanese cast, but little more can be expected of these stage productions. It is difficult enough to build a cast of Japanese-speaking white actors, but an even taller order to find ones who will have the same star-power with a local Japanese audience. If my experience seeing the Black Butler stage production in Tokyo in 2010 is anything to go off of, these are not productions with the same massive broadway budgets that can afford international celebrities. Even when they do score a bit Japanese talent, it is usually only for a smaller supporting role.

Even so, these stage productions are a rare treat for fans. Tickets to Biohazard: The Stage go on sale September 1st and start at 8,900 yen.

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