John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Danielle Pineda, and Alex Hassell have been cast ©Getty Images
Cowboy Bebop will be a live-action series on the streaming service Netflix. John Cho has been cast as the lead for the space anime. The cast will also consist of Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage), Daniella Pineda (Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom), as well as Alex Hassell.
Alex Garcia is set to direct the first two episodes of the 10-episode series. He is known for Daredevil, Luke Cage and Cloak and Dagger. The first episode was written by Christopher Yost. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “ Showrunning and exec producing are Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio, the banner behind shows Limetown, High Fidelity, and Knightfall. ”
Synopsis From MAL:
In the year 2071, humanity has colonized several of the planets and moons of the solar system leaving the now uninhabitable surface of planet Earth behind. The Inter Solar System Police attempts to keep peace in the galaxy, aided in part by outlaw bounty hunters, referred to as “Cowboys.” The ragtag team aboard the spaceship Bebop are two such individuals.
Mellow and carefree Spike Spiegel is balanced by his boisterous, pragmatic partner Jet Black as the pair makes a living chasing bounties and collecting rewards. Thrown off course by the addition of new members that they meet in their travels—Ein, a genetically engineered, highly intelligent Welsh Corgi; femme fatale Faye Valentine, an enigmatic trickster with memory loss; and the strange computer whiz kid Edward Wong—the crew embarks on thrilling adventures that unravel each member’s dark and mysterious past little by little.
Well-balanced with high-density action and light-hearted comedy, Cowboy Bebop is a space Western classic and an homage to the smooth and improvised music it is named after.
According to Deadline:
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.Denise Petski, Deadline
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.Denise Petski, Deadline
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.Denise Petski, Deadline
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.Denise Petski, Deadline