The Netflix anime train is on full steam, as their platform carries not only hit anime series from Japanese networks but all-original productions from the country’s anime studios made just for streaming. The results are a potpourri of genres from action to drama to horror to comedy, featuring either lush traditional 2D animation or crisp 3D. There is one adaptation that Netflix is working on, a live-action version of the legendary anime series “Cowboy Bebop.” The primary cast of this in-production series, centered on John Cho, was announced way back in April. Now, a significant cast addition has been revealed.
Comic Book Resources tells us that the Netflix “Cowboy Bebop” live-action series has cast actress Elena Satine as Julia, the woman from the dark past of principal character Spike Spiegel (John Cho). The casting announcement describes Satine’s character in the show as a “sultry beauty with a voice to die for,” and that she is the girl of Spike’s troubled dreams, trying to survive in a future solar system that has become a violent sci-fi take on the Wild West.
Satine is no stranger to being part of some high-concept series. After all, she has been cast in no less than three superhero TV series, from 2010’s “Smallville” (as Mera), 2014’s “Agents of SHIELD” (as Lorelei), and most recently in 2017’s “The Gifted” as Sonya Simonson/Dreamer. Her other major TV works include the “Twin Peaks” remake and “24: Legacy,” both in 2017. She joins John Cho’s Spike, Mustafa Shakir’s Jet Black, Daniella Padilla’s Faye Valentine and Alex Hassell’s Vicious in the cast. “Cowboy Bebop” is being produced for Netflix by “Prison Break” and “Teen Wolf” producer Marty Adelstein, who is partnering with Japanese studio Sunrise (creator of the original anime) under the Tomorrow Studios label.
The 1998 anime, most prominently shown in the West as part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim late-night block, was credited for being part of the driving force that triggered a renewed international interest in Japanese animation. The Netflix series synopsis describes the crew of bounty hunters led by Spike Spiegel as they pursue space criminals across the solar system while trying to evade the shadows of their respective pasts. But if given the right price, they might just get serious and actually save the world.
Christopher Yost serves as executive producer of the live-action show, with original anime director Shinichiro Watanabe serving as series consultant. Netflix has yet to give a premiere date for “Cowboy Bebop,” but it is known that the pilot is being directed by Alex Garcia Lopez, director of two “Daredevil” season 3 episodes from Marvel Netflix.
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