The cult anime series Cowboy Bebop is being adapted for a live-action series on Netflix — and it’s starring John Cho!
Cho (Star Trek, Searching) and three other actors, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, and Alex Hassell, have been cast as series leads in the adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, according to Deadline.
The series focuses on a team of bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” trying to escape their pasts while tracking down the future’s most dangerous criminals.
Cho will play Spike Spiegel, a suave bounty hunter with charm, charisma, and style who pursues bounties across the solar system with his ex-cop partner.
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Shakir, who previously played Bushmaster on Luke Cage, will portray Jet Black, Spike’s partner. The jazz enthusiast was one of the only honest cops before a betrayal forced him to turn to bounty hunting.
Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) will depict Faye Valentine, a brash and unpredictable bounty hunter who suffers from amnesia after being cryogenically frozen. She’s focused on surviving at all costs and does whatever she needs to do to ensure that happens.
Finally, Hassell (Suburbicon) will play Vicious, a legendary hitman as well as Spike’s nemesis and ex-partner.
The genre-bending, space Western will be written and executive produced by Chris Yost (Thor: Ragnarok), and its first two episodes will be directed by Alex Garcia Lopez (Marvel’s Daredevil). The studio behind the anime series, Sunrise, will be involved in bringing this new version to the screen.
Cowboy Bebop is one of the best-known anime titles out there and has many fans already. If the producers and writers of the live-action adaptation stay true to the anime, this series could end up being a huge draw for Netflix. Of course, fans can be harsh, so if they get it wrong, the fan outcry has the potential to be loud and brutal.
Nonetheless, it’s good to see John Cho starring in a high-profile series. His presence is welcome in pretty much anything, and it would be great to see a show he stars in succeed.
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