News for the live-action Cowboy Bebop series exploded earlier this week with the cast announcement. According to Deadline, the Netflix series has cast it’s four leads and it’s a pretty exciting line-up. John Cho (Star Trek), Mustafa Shakir (Marvel’s Luke Cage), Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Alex Hassell (Suburbicon) have all joined the anime adaptation for the streaming giant.
It appears that the series will be on par with the anime; a space western focusing on a ragtag crew of bounty hunters. Here’s what Deadline has to say about each of the characters. “Cho is Spike 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 pursuing the future’s most dangerous bounties with a combination of charm, charisma and deadly Jeet Kune Do. Shakir is 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, Spike’s partner and captain of the Bebop.”
“Pineda is Faye Valentine, a bold, brash and 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. Hassell is Vicious, a man who thoroughly enjoys a good kill, He is the Syndicate’s most notorious hitman and also Spike’s ex-partner and archenemy.”
There’s a couple things to note about this series. For one, this is an amazingly diverse line-up that I’m so, so happy to see. Also, Spike Spiegel is the main character of the series, so we’ll also be looking at an Asian lead for the series. Hell to the yes for all of this representation! The only one who hasn’t been included is Ed, the young energetic member of the crew and Ein the Corgi. If they’re adapting Cowboy Bebop, they better include Ein, that’s all I’m saying. He’s the back bone of the crew! I’m kidding (or am I?) but this is an exciting development. Typically, I’m not a fan of live-action adaptations of anime series but this could have some potential.
What do you think of the cast line-up? Are you looking forward to the series? Do you think Ein should just be the captain of the Bebop? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more news! See you space cowboy…
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