John Cho To Headline Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop As Spike Spiegel

by Erik Amaya

 

John Cho is your new space cowboy.

Deadline reports the actor will headline Netflix’s live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop. The 10-episode series will see Spike Spiegel (Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) and Radical Ed (not yet cast) once again hunting bounties while fleeing from their pasts. Presumably Spike’s will get the lion’s share of attention in this new iteration as it did before. In fact, his archrival Vicious has already been cast in the form of Alex Hassell.

Debuting in 1998, the original Cowboy Bebop came to the United States just as interest in Japanese animation was boiling over from its niche beginnings in the 1980s to the major business it is today. With its jazz soundtrack, limited run, and cutting edge style, the show became a hit on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block and led to many new fans seeking out more anime. The mix of sci-fi trappings and 1940s gangster tropes also inspired Joss Whedon to mash genres with 2001’s Firefly.

Thor: Ragnarok‘s Christopher Yost will write the first episode and original series director Shinichiro Watanabe will serve as a consultant. Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will be the program’s executive producers and showrunners.

It is unclear how quickly the show will get into production, but considering the swiftness with which we saw photos from The Witcher, it could happen quite quickly.

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