Cast announced for Netflix’s live-action ‘Cowboy Bebop’ series

The original Japanese anime series first premiered back in 1998

The initial cast for Netflix’s new live-action Cowboy Bebop series has been announced.

The original science-fiction anime series premiered in 1998 and ran for 26 episodes. It was set in 2071 and followed a group of bounty hunters who chased criminals through space from their spaceship called Bebop.

It has now been confirmed that Star Trek’s John Cho will play the lead role of Spike Spiegel. He will be joined by Danielle Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as Faye Valentine, Luke Cage’s Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, and Suburbicon’s Alex Hassell as Vicious.

The new series will be comprised of 10 episodes, two of which will be directed by Alex Garcia Lopez (The Witcher, Daredevil). Cowboy Bebop’s original director Shinichiro Watanabe will serve as a consultant on the new version. Christopher Yost, the head writer of Marvel’s animated series The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, will reportedly write the script.

There is currently no release date for Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop remake.

In 2001, a movie version of the series was released. Years later it was reported that a live-action movie was in the works, with Keanu Reeves reportedly set to play Spike Spiegel.

Speaking at a Comic-Con event in London in 2014, Watanabe said the project hadn’t “come to a stop” but he wasn’t sure how it was going to progress. He added: “I hear that there are a lot of ‘Hollywood’ problems.”

Meanwhile, it was confirmed yesterday (April 3) that manga series Akira is being turned into a live-action movie, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is also said to be helming the remake, which is set in 2060 Tokyo.