Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop series has nabbed Strange Angel and The Gifted star Elena Satine to appear as Julia, the woman caught between two Red Dragon crime syndicate soldiers, Spike and Vicious. She joins previously announced cast members John Cho (Searching, Star Trek Beyond) as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage, The Deuce) as Jet Black, Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Detour) as Faye Valentine and Alex Hassell (Two Down, Suburbicon) as Vicious. The role of child hacker prodigy Radical Edward has still not been finalized or announced. The series is based on the 26-episode space western/neo-noir anime created by Shinichirō Watanabe that originally ran from April to June 1998. It was also a staple of the Toonani anime block along with Dragonball Z, Gundam Wing, Outlaw Star, Inuyasha, Yuyu Hakusho and Big O.
You can read Julia’s character description below:
“With a sultry beauty and a voice to die for, Julia is the dream-like object of Spike Spiegel’s desire. She struggles to survive in a violent world.”
In the original anime series, Julia was a member of the Red Dragon Syndicate alongside partners Spike and Vicious. She was initially in a relationship with Vicious but later had an affair with Spike after the two had inevitably grown closer. In fact, the pair plotted to leave the life together and live out the rest of their days in peace until Vicious discovered their plan. As payback for their betrayal, Vicious attempted to blackmail Julia into killing Spike, but she instead went into hiding to protect herself and Spike faking his death to escape the Syndicate. Years later, Julia comes out of hiding and reunites with Spike, rekindling their romance and intending to complete their original plan of running away together. Vicious, having since staged a coup d’état and taken over the Syndicate, sends assassins after them, leading to an inevitable clash between the former friends and partners.
Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok, Thor: The Dark World) is scripting the first episode and executive producing alongside Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio (Everything Sucks!, Knightfall).