Huge news for fans of the anime Cowboy Bebop. Casting for a live-action Netflix version of Cowboy Bebop has been announced. Unlike a lot of American produced anime live-action adaptations, Netflix is going with a much more diverse cast, leaning away from the typical whitewashing you see from Hollywood. If fan reaction is any indication, they’re doing something right. Who are the stars of the much-beloved anime? What well-known faces could be seen? Actors from Star Trek, Luke Cage, Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom, and The Miniaturist come together to bring Cowboy Bebop to life in what is sure to be the next big Netflix hit.
Set in 2071 after a hyperspace gateway accident left Earth nearly uninhabitable, Cowboy Bebop follows the crew of the spaceship Bebop. Spike Spiegel, a former hitman for a criminal syndicate, is joined by Jet Black, a for Inter Solar System Police (ISSP) officer. Faye Valentine, a con artist who has lost her memory, later eccentric female hacker Edward Wong, as well as a genetically engineered Corgi named Ein, fill out the rest of the crew. The ISSP has set up a contract system in light of rising crime rates among the colonized planets and moons of our solar system. The bounty hunter, referred to as Cowboys, hunt criminals and bring them in alive for a reward. The crew of the Bebop are (you guessed it) Cowboys.
The live action adaptation has announced their main cast and fans couldn’t be more excited. A diverse cast of strong actors will go a long way towards seeing that this adaptation is done well.
John Cho (Star Trek, Searching) will play Spike.
Mustafa Shakir (Marvel’s Luke Cage) will play Jet.
Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; What/If) Will play Faye.
Alex Hassell (The Miniaturist; Suburbicon) will play what is likely the series main antagonist, Vicious, an ex-partner of Spike’s.
Writer Chris Yost from both the last two Thor movies, The Dark World and Ragnarok, appears on the writing cast. Alex Garcia Lopez who has directed Marvel’s The Punisher and Daredevil, along with episodes of Netflix’s new video game adaptation The Witcher, will direct the first two episodes.
With live action anime movies that fans didn’t love including Dragonball Z, Ghost in the Shell, and even Death Note getting mixed reviews, there’s a lot of pressure on Cowboy Bebop to do well. Even fans who aren’t necessarily into other anime enjoy Cowboy Bebop’s western sci-fi cyberpunk genre-bending style. It weaves in and out of these genres without neglecting any one aspect or letting rules of any other dictate where the show can and can’t go.
With these actors, there’s little chance of this show not doing well. They’re loved by fans, portraying characters accurately, in an adaptation based on a show that everyone loves. A live action adaptation is only likely to draw even more people to the source material, meaning even more fans for an already fan-favorite, beloved series.
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