‘Resident Evil: Death Island’ Cast Share How They Crafted Their Wonderful Chemistry Despite Shooting Separately

'Resident Evil: Death Island' cast detail how they found their chemistry despite shooting separately
Resident Evil: Death Island

Resident Evil: Death Island brings the franchise’s biggest characters together for the first time on screen. While the characters are definitely a big deal, it’s not the only key factor, especially in a film. In film, chemistry is everything, and it’s a quality that Matthew Mercer, Stephanie Panisello, and Nicole Tompkins seem to always bring to their performances regardless of the conditions or the projects. These seasoned voice actors, known for their countless performances in the gaming and animation industries, are not just colleagues but friends.

How Nicole Tompkins, Matthew Mercer, and Stephanie Panisell Brought the Chemistry to Resident Evil: Death Island

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Their camaraderie off-screen translates into a palpable onscreen chemistry in Resident Evil: Death Island. Despite not performing together simultaneously, their shared experience, talent, and friendship breathe life into their characters, creating a captivating narrative that fans of the franchise will undoubtedly appreciate. Learn how they were able to bring the chemistry even when they shot their lines separately.

Matthew Mercer: Unfortunately, we had to record separately I think based on the nature of the production and the process of like motion capture to CG to actually recording the dialogue. But we got to, depending on the order of our recording, got to hear each other’s performances and play all of them at different times, which was fun. Group records are a lot of fun, but this production didn’t allow for it. It is now exciting to go back and now watch the whole film together.

Stephanie Panisello: Yeah. Well, I sadly was the first one to lay down the audio, so I didn’t get to hear everybody. So yeah, I’m so excited though, [and] it doesn’t mean we weren’t all stoked and we were all just like, ‘Hey, did you see that scene? Are you super excited about it? Do you get it?’ ‘Me too! That’s so cool!’ A lot of text flew.

Nicole Tompkins: Yeah. I mean, we all, I think know each other, are aware of each other, have known each other in different ways throughout this industry, these projects, that sort of thing. Yeah, it’s our job to get along sometimes and thankfully we didn’t have to work very hard.

Stephanie Panisello: We did not. We love tea.

Nicole Tompkins: Sometimes that’s all it takes.

-Nicole Tompkins, Setphanie Panisello, Matthew Mercer, as Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy in Resident Evil: Death Island

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Matthew Mercer, Stephanie Panisello, and Nicole Tompkins have once again proven that talent, experience, and friendship are a potent mix in creating memorable performances. Their onscreen chemistry in Resident Evil: Death Island, despite not performing together simultaneously, is a testament to their professional prowess and personal bonds. As we anticipate the release of this thrilling installment, where our beloved characters converge on Alcatraz Island to face a new evil, we can’t help but appreciate the magic these voice actors bring to the table. Their performances promise to make Resident Evil: Death Island a standout addition to the franchise, further cementing their status as some of the industry’s finest talents.

Resident Evil: Death Island is available now!

About Resident Evil: Death Island


Release Date: Juley 25, 2023
Director: Eiichiro Hasumi
Screenplay By: Makoto Fukami
Produced By: Hiroyasu Shinohara
Associate Producers: Masachika Kawata (Capcom), Takaki Okamoto (Capcom), Taki Enomoto (Capcom), Takahiro Suzuki, Atsushi Furuya
Voice Cast: Matthew Mercer, Stephanie Panisello, Kevin Dorman, Nicole Tompkins, Erin Cahill

In San Francisco, Jill Valentine is dealing with a zombie outbreak and a new T-Virus, Leon Kennedy is on the trail of a kidnapped DARPA scientist, and Claire Redfield is investigating a monstrous fish that is killing whales in the bay. Joined by Chris Redfield and Rebecca Chambers, they discover the trail of clues from their separate cases all converge on the same location, Alcatraz Island, where a new evil has taken residence and awaits their arrival.

Have you already watched Resident Evil: Death Island? Who’s your favorite character? Are the pairings of the voice actors to the characters your favorite or do you prefer other renditions? Let us know your thoughts and reactions on social media!

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Professional Nerd | Amateur Human | Creative/Content Director The best way to describe Kevin Fenix is the kid you never tell what the buttons do in video games so you have a chance to win. Being 6’ 4” and Asian, he never really fit in, so he got comfortable standing out. Not only is it easy to find him in crowds, he dabbles in the culinary arts, does a little stand up and improv, and can honestly say Spider-Man is the Jesus-like influence of his life. Kevin Fenix loves dogs, movies, television, comics, comedy, and to shoot people… with video.