AceShowbiz - Netflix's upcoming "Cowboy Bebop" live-action series has found its main cast. The streaming giant has tapped John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda and Alex Hassell to star on the series which is adapted from an anime series of the same name.
"Searching" actor Cho is set to take on the role of Spike Spiegel. The character is described as an impossibly cool bounty hunter with a deadly smile, a wry wit, and style to spare. Spiegel travels the solar system with his ex-cop partner, Jet Black, as he pursues the future's most dangerous bounties with a combination of charm, charisma -- and deadly Jeet Kune Do.
Played by Shakir, Jet is one of the few honest cops in the solar system before an ultimate betrayal robs him of all that he loves. It forces him into a vagabond life of hunting bounties to put food on the table. He is also an inveterate jazz enthusiast and Captain of the Bebop.
As for Pineda, she will portray Faye Valentine, a bold, brash and unpredictable bounty hunter. She suffers amnesia after years of being cryogenically frozen, Faye does whatever it takes to survive. Pineda's credits include "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom", "The Detour" and "Inside Amy Schumer".
Hassell ("The Boys", "Genius") joins the cast as Vicious. The character is described as a man who thoroughly enjoys a good kill, Vicious is the Syndicate’s most notorious hitman. He's also ex-partner who turns to be his arch-enemy.
Also appearing on the series is Radical Ed. However, Netflix has yet to announce the actor for the character as the casting process for it is currently underway.
The streaming giant announced in November last year that it picked up "Cowboy Bebop" for 10 episodes. The show is described as the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters that consists of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed. They are 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.
Director of original anime Shinichiro Watanabe is attached as a consultant on the project, while Christopher Yost ("Thor: The Dark World", "Thor: Ragnarok") writes the first episode in addition to executive producing. Also joining as executive producers are Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio.
Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc. also serve as executive producers alongside Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios, Tetsu Fujimura, and Matthew Weinberg. Netflix and Tomorrow Studios are co-producing, with Netflix handling physical production.