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John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, Alex Hassell join cast of ‘Cowboy Bebop’

John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda and Alex Hassell have been tapped to join Netflix’s all new live action Cowboy Bebop, based on the original Japanese animated series. Alex Garcia Lopez (The Witcher; Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s The Punisher; Utopia) will direct the first two episodes. Writer/Executive Producer Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) will write the first episode.

Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of a ragtag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts, as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals.  They’ll even save the world…for the right price.

Cho (Star Trek, Searching) will play Spike Spiegel, 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.

Shakir (Marvel’s Luke Cage) is Jet Black, 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.

Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; What/If) is 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.

Hassell (The Red Sea Diving Resort; Suburbicon) is Vicious, a man who thoroughly enjoys a good kill and is the Syndicate’s most notorious hitman. He’s also Spike Spiegel’s ex-partner and arch-enemy.

The series will consist of 10 episodes with Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio (Limetown, High Fidelity, Knightfall) as showrunners and executive producers. Netflix and Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios) will co-produce with Netflix handling physical production.


About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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