Netflix has finally announced (via Deadline) the main cast for their live-action series adaptation of the anime Cowboy Bebop. The official cast of the science fiction series includes John Cho (Star Trek franchise) as Spike Spiegel, Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as Faye Valentine, Mustafa (Luke Cage) as Jet Black, and Alex Hassell as Vicious.
This would confirm previous reports of a diverse cast being the focus for the series.
Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…for the right price.
Deadline also included character breakdowns for each of the actors.
Cho is 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, Jet, pursuing the future’s most dangerous bounties with a combination of charm, charisma — and deadly Jeet Kune Do.
Shakir is 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 and Captain of the Bebop.
Pineda is 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.
Hassell is Vicious, a man who thoroughly enjoys a good kill, Vicious is the Syndicate’s most notorious hitman. He’s also Spike Spiegel’s ex-partner and arch-enemy.
I’m extremely excited to see how accurate they’ll go with the on-screen looks of the characters along with how much money they’ll end up spending on the series, given a feature film was deemed too expensive to make.