After several years in development, a live adaptation of Cowboy Bebop will finally be released. The project is being produced by Netflix, and fans are curious about its development. Fortunately, there are some updates that will keep them pleased for now.
A Swap In Leads
When it comes to lead character Spike Spiegel, Keanu Reeves was originally attached to portray him. In 2008, he signed on for a film adaptation. “He was incredibly enthusiastic about it. I believe he actually optioned the rights to the movie. He said at that time that there’s this beautiful script for it. It’s amazing, but it would cost half a billion dollars to produce. His concern was that it just wouldn’t get greenlit in time for him to be able to do his own stunts without being an old man,” voice actor Steve Blum told Fandom. Blum lent his voice to Spike in the English dub of the anime. For the Netflix project, Spike will be portrayed by John Cho. The Korean American actor is no stranger to the anime world. He voiced characters in the Oscar nominated films The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and Mirai. Cho is best known for his roles in the Harold and Kumar and Star Trek movie franchises.
Filling Out The Cast
Cho isn’t the only star slated to jump into this live action adaptation. Mustafa Shakir, who’s best known for his work in Luke Cage and The Deuce, will portray Jet Black. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom star Daniella Pineda will play Faye Valentine. You certainly can’t have Cowboy Bebop without Vicious. Playing the role of the main villain is British actor Alex Hassell. After years of acting in British programming, Hassell made his Hollywood debut in 2017’s Suburbicon.
Plenty Of Adventures In Store
Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop is slated to be a 10-episode series. There’s no word if they’re giving it 30 minute episodes or expanding them to a full hour. Keeping it all together is Cowboy Bebop showrunner Christopher L. Yost. The St. Louis native previously worked on Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. Cowboy Bebop director Shinichirō Watanabe will be the show’s creative consultant. Aside from Bebop, Watanabe is known for directing the beloved anime series Space Dandy and Samurai Champloo. Filming for the series will begin later this year.
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