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John Cho and more join Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop

John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell have all joined the cast of Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop

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John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell have all joined the cast of Netflix’s “Cowboy Bebop”, which is a live-action adaptation of the anime. The series will be 10 episodes, and is described as the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed, a rag-tag 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.

Per Variety, the character breakdowns for each new castmember are:

Cho will star as Spike Spiegel, described as an impossibly cool bounty hunter with a deadly smile, a wry wit, and style to spare. He travels the solar system with his ex-cop partner, Jet, pursuing the future’s most dangerous bounties with a combination of charm, charisma — and deadly Jeet Kune Do.

Shakir will play Jet Black, one of the few honest cops in the solar system before an ultimate betrayal robbed him of all that he loved, forcing him into a vagabond life of hunting bounties to put food on the table. Jet is an inveterate jazz enthusiast and Captain of the Bebop.

Pineda will play Faye Valentine, described as a bold, brash and unpredictable bounty hunter. Suffering from amnesia after years of being cryogenically frozen, Faye does whatever it takes to survive. Whether she’s lying, stealing, or just being a thorn in Spike and Jet’s side.

Hassell will play Vicious. Described as a man who thoroughly enjoys a good kill, Vicious is the Syndicate’s most notorious hitman. He’s also Spike Spiegel’s ex-partner and arch-enemy.

Radical Ed will also appear in the series, but the casting process for that character is ongoing.

Christopher Yost will write the first episode, as well as executive produce. Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the original anime, will serve as a consultant on the project.

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Alex Rider series finds its teen superspy

Small screen reboot of the Anthony Horowitz-created character in production

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Sony has settled on an Alex Rider, selecting Otto Farrant (”Mrs Wilson”, “War & Peace”) to headline the small-screen reboot of the Anthony Horowitz-created character.

The studio flung a wide net to fill the lead spot of a reluctant teen superspy who goes on global missions saving the world.  The series is based on a literary offering that comprises eleven novels, as well as five graphic novels, three short stories and a supplementary book. The first novel, “Stormbreaker”, was released in the United Kingdom in 2000 and was adapted into a movie in 2006 starring Alex Pettyfer.

The Sony Pictures Television-Eleventh Hour Films produced series will run an initial eight episodes.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 01/12/2018 – Programme Name: Mrs Wilson – TX: 11/12/2018 – Episode: n/a (No. n/a) – Picture Shows: Nigel (OTTO FARRANT) – (C) ©WP Films Ltd. – Photographer: Steffan Hill

“Das Boot”  director Andreas Prochaska is helming.

Prochaska said, “We met a lot of people for the role of Alex Rider, but when Otto entered the room, there was something magical about him. He has the perfect combination of youth and skilfulness, innocence and professionalism, to bring this iconic character to the screen.”

No network is currently attached to the series.

Via ‘Deadline

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First look : Banshee actress as Catwoman!

TV siren cast as Selina Kyle – an older incarnation of – on FOX’s “Gotham”.

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Actress Lili Simmons (“Banshee”, “Bone Tomahawk”) has been cast as Catwoman – an older incarnation of – on FOX’s “Gotham”.

Camren Bicondova, who has been playing a teenage version of Selina Kyle on the series, tells social media followers that she opted out of playing an older version of the final episode of the series.

I wanted to give (the character) Selina Kyle as much respect as possible. Some will say that giving her respect would include seeing the character through to the end of the show, which I understand. But, I firmly believe that part of leaving a legacy and being part of a legacy means knowing when to pass the torch to someone else. I was blessed to be the vessel for Selina Kyle for her formative teen years, and it only felt right to give someone else the torch for her adult self.

Simmons, 25, best known for her role as Rebecca Bowman on Cinemax series “Banshee”, stepped in to play the character for the finale – which features a 10-year-time jump. Bicondova assures fans she’s “perfect” for the role.

The woman who will be playing the older Selina Kyle is the glorious Lili Simmons, who, when I met [her] for the first time, made me cry tears of joy. She is perfect for this role, and she really wanted to do Selina right. We spoke about Selina Kyle for hours; I shared journal entries and scenes that were prime examples of Selina’s characteristics, and she shared thoughts of backstory for the 10 years that the audience doesn’t see. I want to clearly express how much thought and care went into this decision, as well as how much respect for the character and legacy of Selina Kyle there is within it.

Not only will the series finale of the ‘Batman’ series feature an older caped Crusader (18-year-old David Mazouz will again play the role) and Lili Simmons’ Catwoman, but Cameron Monaghan will finally make his full transformation into The Joker.

The series flash-forwards 10 years into the future, as Bruce is set to return to Gotham for the opening of the new Wayne Tower. A series of crimes leads Gordon to believe Penguin and The Riddler are up to their old tricks. However, when Bullock is framed for a murder, Gordon begins to piece together an even more sinister plot targeting the city, and a new figure emerges from the shadows to be the hero Gotham desperately needs in the all-new “The Beginning… ” series finale episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, April 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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DC respond to Swamp Thing rumors with an awesome new promo!

Derek Mears plays the title role in the comic adaptation

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No doubt a response to disquieting rumors concerning the show shutting down production early (and consequently getting a shorter run), DC Universe has released a fun promo for their upcoming “Swamp Thing” series.

The comic-adaptation, starring Derek Mears (“Friday the 13th”, “Twin Peaks”) in the title role and boasting a choice cast including Andy Bean, Crystal Reed, Will Patton, Jennifer Beals, and Virginia Madsen, has been shooting in Louisiana… home to swamps, apparently.

James Wan is one of the producers, Len Wiseman (“Live Free or Die Hard”) directed the pilot.

“Swamp Thing” will debut on DC Universe on May 31st.

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