Live-Action 'Cowboy Bebop' Series to Star John Cho

We are THRILLED to report that Netflix's upcoming live-action adaptation of beloved anime Cowboy Bebop will star John Cho as Spike Spiegel. Netflix has already ordered 10 episodes.

Live-Action 'Cowboy Bebop' Series to Star John Cho
John Cho
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According to The Hollywood Reporter: "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" series will star Cho as main character 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."

Live-Action 'Cowboy Bebop' Series to Star John Cho
Mustafa Shakir
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Also in THR's news, the reveal that Luke Cage's Mustafa Shakir will be playing 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."

Live-Action 'Cowboy Bebop' Series to Star John Cho
Daniella Pineda 
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Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) will be playing Faye Valentine, an amnesiac thief and con artist.

Live-Action 'Cowboy Bebop' Series to Star John Cho
Alex Hassell as John Thomas in "Two Down"
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Alex Hassell is Vicious, Spiegel's ex-partner who is now out to kill him.

No word on who's playing Ed or Ein yet.

Director of the original 1998 anime series Shinichiro Watanabe will serve as a consultant on the project.

Midnight Radio's Andre NemecJosh AppelbaumJeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg will serve as executive producers, as will Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc. (the studio behind the original series), along with Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios, Tetsu Fujimura, and Matthew Weinberg.

The series is a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, with Netflix handling physical production.


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Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

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