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Samuel L. Jackson gets animated with 'Afro Samurai'

08/05/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Actor Samuel L. Jackson is set to voice and produce the animated SFF action-adventure Afro Samurai for Spike TV, with Japanese anime studio Gonzo and Japan's largest TV network, Fuji Television.

The five episode series will premiere on Spike TV in 2006.

Afro Samurai is the tale of a black samurai in a futuristic feudal-style Japan who is on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father.

Samuel L. Jackson stars as "Afro," a warrior who travels a solitary path encountering various friends and challenges. The series, produced in Japanese animation style, aims to blend samurai style with hip-hop.

"With Samuel L. Jackson involved with this project combined with the talents of Gonzo, the leader in producing cutting-edge Japanese animation, and featuring a funky, hip-hop soundtrack - this project was irresistible for us," says Kevin Kay, Executive Vice President of Development and Production for Spike TV. "Afro Samurai is already generating a great buzz for its animation and captivating storyline."

Afro Samurai is a creative collaboration between Samuel L. Jackson, Takashi Okazaki and Japanese animation company Gonzo, a division of GDH, who is also acting as Series Producer.

The concept of Afro Samurai was created by graphic designer, illustrator and artist Takashi "Bob" Okazaki who has worked on the illustration versions of "Spiderman" for Sony and "Blade: Trinity" for New Line Cinema.

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