Cowboy Bebop now has a release date – November 19 – and a first look courtesy of Netflix, with the streaming service revealing eight photos starring its three protagonists: John Cho (Harold and Kumar) as a Mars-born bounty hunter with a past of Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage) as former bounty hunter Jet Black, who has a cyber arm, and Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as mega-deity Faye Valentine, who has spent more than five decades in suspended animation. Oh wait, I forgot the most important character: Ein the Corgi, who is also in one of the photos. Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop is a live-action version of the acclaimed late 90s anime series of the same name.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol co-writer André Nemec developed the live-action Cowboy Bebop, with Thor: Ragnarok co-writer Christopher Yost serving as lead writer for the Netflix series. Cowboy Bebop’s original creator Hajime Yatate is also part of the writing team for the 10-episode first season. And the anime’s director, Shinichirō Watanabe, was involved as a creative consultant. Netflix’s live-action take was 50/50 directed by Alex Garcia Lopez (Reckless, The Witcher) and Michael Katleman (CBS ‘Zoo), with Lopez directing the first two episodes. The anime Cowboy Bebop also had an iconic soundtrack, and composer Yoko Kanno returns for the Netflix version.
In addition to Cho, Shakir and Pineda, Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop also stars Alex Hassell (The Miniaturist) as Spike’s enemy and his former partner, Vicious, and Elena Satine (Magic City) as the femme fatale Julia, who became involved with Spike and Vicious. Recurring cast members include Geoff Stults (The Finder) as Jet’s former partner, Detective Chalmers, Tamara Tunie (As the World Turns) as jazz club owner Ana, Mason Alexander Park as jazz musician Gren , Rachel House (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) as crime boss Mao and Ann Troung and Hoa Xuande as Vicious’s twin executioners, Shin and Lin.
All 10 episodes of the first season of Cowboy Bebop will be released Nov. 19 on Netflix in India and around the world.