The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda and Alex Hassell will be starring in Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the popular anime series Cowboy Bebop.
The animated series, which originally aired in 1998 consisting of twenty-six episodes, focused on Spike Spiegel and his fellow group of bounty hunters (Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed), known as cowboys, jumping around the galaxy attempting to capture bad guys and survive some of the most intense dangers the galaxy has to offer.
John Cho (whose credits include Searching and Star Trek) will be playing the role of Spike Spiegel, an impossibly cool “cowboy” (bounty hunter) with a deadly smile, a wry wit and style to spare. He travels the solar system with his ex-cop partner pursuing the future’s most dangerous bounties with a combination of charm, charisma and deadly Jeet Kune Do.
Mustafa Shakir (whose credits include Luke Cage and The Deuce) will be playing the role of 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, Spike’s partner and captain of the Bebop.
Daniella Pineda (whose credits include Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and What/If) will be playing the role of Faye Valentine, 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.
Alex Hassell (whose credits include The Miniaturist and Suburbicon) will be playing the role of Vicious, a man who thoroughly enjoys a good kill, He is the Syndicate’s most notorious hitman and also Spike’s ex-partner and archenemy.
The live-action adaptation hails from Tomorrow Studios, who have been developing the project since June 2017, when it was originally a joint venture with ITV Studios, which became a co-production instead with Netflix since November last year. Alex Garcia Lopez will be directing the first two episodes, with Christopher Yost writing the script for the first episode and Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio will serve as showrunners and executive producers on the series. Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the anime series, will serve as a consultant on the live-action series.
Cowboy Bebop will consist of ten episodes.