Netflix's 'Cowboy Bebop': Release date, plot, cast, news and everything else you need to know about the live-action series
The '90s anime classic about intergalactic law-keepers is returning and there is quite a lot at stake
Sunrise's popular television series, 'Cowboy Bebop', which premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 3 until June 26, 1998, is returning as a live-action series on Netflix. However, this isn't the first time that the show is being discussed. As one of the most renowned classics of the '90s anime scene, the show received several major anime and science fiction awards upon its release, and ever since, there have been many discussions about an American adaptation.
Apparently, back in 2008 Keanu Reeves was slated to star in a 'Cowboy Bebop' adaptation but at the moment the project was unable to retain its massive production cost. However, now, once again the show is about to return to television with a leading Asian cast, and let's just say we cannot wait for it. While filming starts in April 2019, giving us ample time to revisit the classic anime series, here's everything that we can tell you about the upcoming live-action series:
No particular date of the 10-episode-long series has yet been announced. The show is in its initial stages where it is about to begin filming. We expect it will take at least a year for the show to finally premiere.
Set in an apocalyptic time, somewhere in the year 2071, Earth is no longer suitable for habitation and as a result the human race has fled to settle down in neighboring planets and moons. However, law and order must be maintained and this is where the interstellar bounty hunters called Cowboys come in as they travel across the galaxy in search for criminals.
Lead by two leaders who don't quite see eye to eye, Spike Spiegel and Jet Black are two hunters whose mission soon takes them on a whole new direction. Over the course of the mission, they begin to add new members to the group which soon includes Faye Valentine, the notoriously adorable hacker Ed, and Ein, a hyper-intelligent Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Their adventures take them wide across the universe, and through it, each of them stumble upon certain aspects of their lives, their memories (especially Faye), and their past which remains a consistent threat to their lives.
The cast for the main four characters is already in place, and after much consideration, Netflix has come up with quite a diverse cast. John Cho (Star Trek, Searching) plays Spike Spiegel who is 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, Jet, pursuing the future’s most dangerous bounties with a combination of charm, charisma -- and deadly Jeet Kune Do.
Along with him, Mustafa Shakir (Marvel’s Luke Cage) appears as Jet Black who was 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.
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Also, Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, What/If) as 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.
Alex Hassell (The Red Sea Diving Resort; Suburbicon) as Vicious, a man who thoroughly enjoys a good kill, Vicious is the Syndicate’s most notorious hitman. He’s also Spike Spiegel’s ex-partner and arch-enemy. However, it seems the director is having a hard time in casting Ed who is clearly one of the most legendary characters in anime history.
Alex Garcia Lopez became a household name ever since he helmed two episodes of the absolutely breathtaking 'Daredevil' season 3. Under his direction Episode 4 of Season 3, titled 'Blindsided', had the biggest action sequence in MCU's small-screen history. On the other hand, in Episode 10 of the same season, titled 'Karen', he toned down all the violence solely to project the moody, intorspective flashback to Karen Page's past in her violent small town.
Considering that Lopez has barely ever disappointed his viewers, we can expect that the live-action series might open on a high pedestal. On a more reliving note, Shinichiro Watanabe, who had directed the original '90s anime series will be acting as a consultant for Netflix's new live-action series.
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We absolutely fell in love with the only androgynous hacker, Ed, when she first appeared on the anime series. Although even then, Ed had appeared much later than the other characters, she had a significant timeline on the show. There is yet no announcement of who will play her character on the show, however, here's what the casting call of the character demands: "14-year-old girl, must have athletic ability and short stature. Ed is a 14-year-old computer genius and expert hacker whose talents are indispensable. She is extremely energetic with a child-like wonder and is eccentric, bordering on the bizarre."
Where to watch:
The show will premiere on Netflix as an addition to its plethora of live-action series.
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