It was announced early last year that Netflix was developing a live-action version of the critically acclaimed anime show Cowboy Bebop. News on the project has been relatively slow, so here is all of the information that is out there:
The lead role of bounty hunter Spike Speigel is going to be played by John Cho. Cho is mostly known for his role as Sulu in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek trilogy as well as co-starring in the Harold & Kumar trilogy. Spike’s right-hand man and ex-law enforcement officer Jet Black will be played by Mustafa Shakir. Shakir is no stranger to Netflix originals as he played Bushmaster, the Season 2 villain for Luke Cage. Con-artist and beautiful bombshell Faye Valentine will be played by Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom). Lastly, Spike’s arch-enemy and former comrade Vicious will be portrayed by Alex Hassell. Hassell is an English actor who can be seen in the Amazon original series The Boys.
While it will be hard to forget the genius of Shinichirō Watanabe, the live-action show’s creator is actually one of the lead writers and co-creators of the original anime and movie for Cowboy Bebop. Hajime Yatate is spearheading the project and can definitely be trusted to stay true to it’s source material, which he helped create in the first place.
The live-action show was originally to be released as a movie starring Keanu Reeves as Spike Speigel back in 2011. After the project was cancelled, it was revamped as a show and is currently in pre-production with Netflix. Filming has not yet begun and there is no official release date for the project, despite being listed as a 2018 TV show on certain internet sites.
Are you excited about Cowboy Bebop? What other anime shows would you like to see come to life?