Comic adaptations aren’t the only thing Netflix is gobbling up these days. The streaming giant’s adaptation of the smash hit manga, Warrior Nun, has landed its major castings, and the story synopsis has been revealed as well. The news comes to us from a report out of Deadline.
The series is slated for ten-episodes, and will feature its creator Simon Barry, as the showrunner. Barry is known for the Canadian time travel series, Continuum, and the short-lived paranormal action series on Syfy, Ghost Wars — which was cancelled after a single season.
Barry will also wear the executive producer hat, alongside Stephen Hegyes of White Noise, and Terri Hughes Burton, known for The 100 and Eureka. Amy Berg, known for Counterpart and Da Vinci’s Demons, is onboard as a consulting producer.
The series is inspired by the American Manga, Warrior Nun Areala, which first began all the way back in 1994, and was created by Ben Dunn. Dunn’s series was known for being a bit controversial for portraying religion in a less than pious manner.
Barry’s adaptation revolves around the young Ava, a 19 year-old girl who awakens in a morgue to discover a divine artifact embedded in her back. Ava has been recruited into an ancient order that’s mission is to fight demons, and protect the Earth from forces in both heaven and hell, forces that wish to gain control over her.
The official character descriptions for the cast are available below:
Baptista’s Ava is tasting freedom for the first time in her young life after being liberated from an abusive orphanage and a prison of her mind and body. As a result, she wants to experience everything at once, and she can be reckless in her ambition.
Turner plays Shotgun Mary, a woman loyal to the sisterhood more than the Church. She escaped family tragedy and was raised with religion but never really took to it fully. Naturally, she has a chip on her shoulder about loyalty. All the nuns know they can count on Mary to have their backs.
Ulloa portrays Father Vincent, the spiritual and strategic leader of the Order of the Cruciform Sword. Behind the Man-of-God persona, he presents a vulnerability that is both disarming and attractive. A veteran of making bad choices, putting on the collar and devoting himself to the Church was trading one addiction for another.
Reuten is Jillian Salvius, CEO of a tech startup who has challenged the Vatican’s power directly by making a discovery that could make religion obsolete. They say there’s a fine line between genius and obsession.
Tonteri-Young plays Young Sister Beatrice, a woman with a quiet Zen strength, Beatrice is a powerful Sister Warrior in her own right. The team’s resident strategist, Beatrice uses her reserved and intuitive nature to analyze everyone and everything around her.
Andrea portrays Sister Lilith, born into an elite family, she is a legacy Nun and committed to her beliefs, which causes her to overstep and over-reach in her entitlement.
Sakraya plays JC, the charismatic leader of a group of alluring petty criminals, running their game all over Europe, getting into trouble and “robbing the rich and giving to themselves.” While most members of the gang are aimless souls, JC has real ambition. He has big plans for his life, but for now, he is committed to living in the moments.
Netflix has not announced a release date for the series at this time.