No need for “The Real Folk Blues” today, y’all. Netflix has revealed some of the main cast in its live-action adaptation of the beloved anime Cowboy Bebop. Variety has learned that John Cho (Searching), Mustafa Shakir (Marvel’s Luke Cage), Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), and Alex Hassell (The Isle) have all been tapped to star in this new series about space bounty hunters.
Heading up this band of intergalactic misfits is Spike Spiegel (John Cho), a cavalier bounty hunter from Mars. This Bruce Lee inspired, blue suit adorned character is more capable than he looks. In the anime, he’s armed in Jeet Kune Do, and he is a skilled marksman and pilot.
Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce) will portray Jet Black, a character incidentally viewed as the “dad” of the gang. He’s a former cop and a jack of all trades. Danielle Pineda will take on Faye Valentine, an “unpredictable” bounty hunter whose memories have been compromised thanks to being cryogenically frozen for a sizable chunk of her life. And last but not least, Alex Hassell will become the series’ recurring villain Vicious. Once Spike‘s partner, Vicious is now a katana-wielding, ruthless member of a crime syndicate.
Still no word on who will be Radical Ed, the young and eccentric hacker prodigy who works with Spike and the others. The hunt for her actor is still “ongoing.”
Netflix first announced its live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop back in November of last year. The first season—described as a “jazz-inspired, genre-bending story”—will contain 10 episodes. The series is co-produced by Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, with Netflix in charge of the physical production. The anime’s director Shinichiro Watanabe will be a consultant for the series.