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‘Afro Samurai’ Movie Set for Spike TV Debut

Spike TV’s critically acclaimed anime series Afro Samurai will return as an original movie in January, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Lucy Liu.

Afro Samurai: Resurrection is based on the original art and story telling of manga artist Takashi Okazaki, of a black samurai's quest for revenge and justice for his murdered father. Samuel L. Jackson (“The Spirit”), who also serves as an executive producer, reprises his role as the uncompromising hero, Afro, and his motor-mouthed sidekick Ninja Ninja. When his father's body is stolen from its grave, Afro is forced to pick up his sword and wreak bloody vengeance against an army of deadly foes lead by a sadistic mastermind.

Lucy Liu will give voice to Sio, “a beautiful, seductive and sadistic mastermind plotting to destroy Afro Samurai”, Spike TV officials said.

Additional casting includes Mark Hamill as Bin, Sio's manservant and protector and Yuri Lowenthal as Kuma, the teddy bear-headed warrior from the original Afro Samurai series.Yuri Lowenthal is the voice of Sauske in the hit children's anime series Naruto. and will air a sneak peek of the trailer for Afro Samurai: Resurrection starting Thursday, July 24 at 8:15 p.m. ET, immediately following its world premiere debut at Comic-Con in San Diego.