John Cho Cast As Spike in Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series


Netflix‘s adaptation of the Jazz-inspired Space Western anime, Cowboy Bebop, has finally assembled their crew.  

John Cho, who is known for various beloved roles such as Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Star Trek, and most recently Searching, is set to star as the main character of Cowboy Bebop, Spike Siegel. According to Netflix, Siegel is said to be an “Impossibly cool cowboy (bounty hunter) with a deadly smile, a wry wit and style to spare”.  This is definitely true in the anime, so it’ll be fascinating to see Cho channel this character.

In Cowboy Bebop, Spike may seem like the cool, loner type, but he’s nothing without his trusted partner, Jet Black.  Jet is said to have been “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.”  Jet Black will be played by Luke Cage‘s Mustafa Shakir.  Shakir played the formidable villain Bushmaster and was one of the highlight of the final season of Luke Cage on Netflix.

Next to be cast are Daniella Pineda from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fame and Alex Hassell.  Pineda will play Faye Valentine, the amnesiac thief and con artist.  Meanwhile, Hassell will play the villain of the story, and Spike’s ex-partner-turned-nemesis, Vicious.  

Netflix‘s live-action Cowboy Bebop series is set to be 10-episodes with Director Alex Garcia Lopez (Daredevil, Luke Cage and Cloak and Dagger) directing the first two episodes.  Showrunners and Executive Producers are Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio.  Creator of Cowboy Bebop, Shinichiro Watanabe, is serving as a consultant on the series.

While fans may have been a bit hesitant at the thought of the beloved anime becoming a live-action series, the casting seems solid enough to appease some concerns.  It’ll be fascinating to see how the Cowboy Bebop turns out.  We’ll have more information as this story develops.