The Netflix live-action version of the anime classic “Cowboy Bebop” has finally found it’s cast, and it’s quite a list of talent.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, John Cho will headline the show as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir will play Jet Black, Danielle Pineda will play Faye Valentine, and Alex Hassell will be Spike’s rival, Vicious.
Cho will be seen in the upcoming season of “The Twilight Zone” on CBS All Access, but you may remember him as Sulu from the JJ Abrams Star Trek movies, or Harold from the “Harold and Kumar” series.
Shakir most recently was Baron Samedi on “American Gods”, but you may recall him as The Bushmaster from Netflix’s “Luke Cage” series.
Pineda has been in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, “American Odyssey” and “The Detour”, while Hassell can be seen in “Suburbicon”, “Two Down”, and has extensive TV work including “Torchwood” and “Hustle”.
The official description given for the show reads: “The space Western story follows Spike Spiegel and his rag-tag crew of bounty hunters, or Cowboys, as they try to capture the galaxy’s worst criminals and survive the unexpected dangers they encounter throughout space, sometimes saving the world in the process but always leaving millions in damages.”
Alex Garcia Lopez, who has helmed episodes of Daredevil, Luke Cage and Cloak and Dagger, will direct the first two installments of the 10-episode series. Christopher Yost wrote the first episode. Shinichiro Watanabe, who directed the original anime, will act as consultant on the series.
Surprisingly, no one has been listed for the part of Ed yet, but I kind of like that. Hopefully, we get to meet Ed (and Ein) during the first season of the show. Speaking of, we don’t know anything yet about the format of the show, and duration of the season (although IMDB has it listed at 10 episodes currently). Nor have we seen anything to give us an idea of what anything will look like, so we just have to be patient until we get our first glimpse of the cast in costume.
The original “Cowboy Bebop” anime aired in Japan in 1998 and hit US airwaves for the first time in 2001. It has continued to be a staple on Cartoon Network’s Saturday night line-up for years.