Netflix Sets Cast for ‘Cowboy Beebop’ Adaptation
Casting has started to pick up on Netflix’s “Cowboy Bebop” adaptation. Netflix confirmed earlier this year that Alex Garcia Lopez (The Witcher; Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s The Punisher; Utopia) will direct the first two episodes, with Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) writing the first episode. After today’s announcement, we now know who is playing Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Vicious. Netflix made it a point to say that the character Radical Ed will be in the series, but hasn’t been cast yet.
John Cho (Star Trek, Searching) will take the role of Spike Spiegel in the adaptation. Spike 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.
Mustafa Shakir (Marvel’s Luke Cage) will be playing Spiegel’s BFF Jet Black. The character was a cop in the solar system before an ultimate betrayal robbed him of all that he loved, forcing him into a vagabond life of hunting bounties. Jet is an inveterate jazz enthusiast and Captain of the Bebop.
Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; What/If) is playing Faye Valentine the 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.
Then we have Alex Hassell (The Red Sea Diving Resort; Suburbicon) taking on the role of Vicious, the Syndicate’s most notorious hitman. He’s also Spike Spiegel’s ex-partner and arch-enemy.
The series follows a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts, as the crew hunts down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. Netflix ordered ten episodes for the show’s first season.
Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg are serving as showrunners and executive producers on the project, with Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, Shin Sasaki, Tetsu Fujimura, and Matthew Weinberg also serving as executive producers.
Shinichiro Watanabe (director of the original anime) is serving as a consultant on the series.