"Cowboy Bebop": Netflix Casts Elena Satine in Live-Action Adaptation

Netflix's live-action Cowboy Bebop added another key role, casting Elena Satine (Revenge, The Gifted) as Julia – a mysterious woman from main character Spike Spiegel's (John Cho) past. Based on the 1998-1999 anime of the same name created by Shinchiro Watanabe, the live-action series describes Julia as a sultry beauty with a voice to die for. She's the dream-like object of Spike Spiegel's desire and struggles to survive in a violent world.

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Here's a look at the streaming service's initial announcement:

The 10-episode television adaptation will keep within the spirit of the show as a…

"jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of a ragtag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts, as they hunt down the solar system's most dangerous criminals. They'll even save the world … for the right price."

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//Credit: Sunrise

In the Sunrise anime, Julia was caught in a love triangle between Spike and his rival Vicious when they were all involved in organized crime. The series followed Spike (a former criminal with a smooth 'do and charming personality who specializes in Jeet Kune Do), Jet (a former police officer), Faye (an amnesiac with a sordid past who was revived after a long slumber), Ed (a sly child prodigy computer hacker), and Ein (an intelligent Welsh Corgi classified as a data dog).

Cowboy Bebop also stars Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell. Pilot scribe Christopher Yost will also serve as executive producer, alongside Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Marty Adelstein, and Becky Clements in the United States. Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, Tetsu Fujimura, and Matthew Weinberg will serve as executive producers in Japan – with Watanabe serving as a consultant. Netflix and Tomorrow Studios are co-producing the project.

Satine has previously appeared in CBS All Access' Strange Angel and STARZ's Magic City. She's also made guest appearances on ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Showtime's limited series Twin Peaks: The Return.

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Tom ChangAbout Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangora. As a professional writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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