Who is Avan Jogia from Resident Evil? Meet his character Leon Kennedy

Olivia Olphin August 31, 2021
Who is Avan Jogia from Resident Evil? Meet his character Leon Kennedy
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Fans have just been treated to a first look at the new Resident Evil film Welcome To Raccoon City. This new instalment in the franchise is set to pay closer homage to the original games, with many favourite characters appearing on our screens. We introduce you to Avan Jogia who is playing Leon Kennedy in the new film.

What is Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City about?

Welcome To Raccoon City is set in 1998 and centres around the Raccoon City Destruction Incident. While we don’t want to spoil too much, we can say that the film is a survival horror, and follows a group of survivors in Raccoon City who must make it through the night in the wasteland of the dying town.

Director Johannes Roberts has said that he wants this origin movie to be a more faithful adaptation of the original Resident Evil games, complete with all their suspense and horror elements.

The new film is set for release in cinemas on 24 November 2021.

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Meet actor Avan Jogia

Avan Tudor Jogia is a Canadian actor, writer and musician. He was born on 9 February 1992 and is 29 years old.

Jogia was raised in Vancouver, Canada, but has an Indian-British father called Mike, and an English-Irish mother called Wendy.

The Canadian actor is probably best known for his recurring role in the hit Nickelodeon show Victorious. He played heartthrob Beck Oliver from 2010-2013.

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Since finishing Victorious Avan Jogia has starred in the TV series’ Twisted, Tut and Ghost Wars. He also starred in the Zombieland sequel Double Tap as well as films such as Paper Year and The New Romantic.

The actor has also turned his hands to writing, with his first book Mixed Feelings published in 2019. He is also in a band called Saint Ivory with his brother Ketan.

Who does Avan Jogia play in Resident Evil?

Avan Jogia has been cast as Leon Scott Kennedy in the new Resident Evil film. Kennedy has previously appeared in many of the games, including Resident Evil 4, which is beloved by fans.

The character is an American Federal Agent who is employed by the Division of Security Operations, a counter terrorism agency. He was working as a police officer during the 1998 Raccoon City Destruction Incident, which the new film is based on.

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Director Johannes Roberts has said that casting Leon was a difficult process:

“We must have seen so many people – it was really quite a tricky role because of the balance of humor and weariness. Then Avan read and I was like he’s the one! He gets it.”

Leon has previously appeared on screen alongside Mila Jovovich’s Alice in Resident Evil: Retribution back in 2012, and was played by Johann Urb.

However, Leon did not return for subsequent films and many fans are excited to see more of their favourite character.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.