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Netflix has found its cast for Cowboy Bebop

by Sean P. Aune | April 4, 2019April 4, 2019 9:37 am EDT

Cowboy Bebop has found its crew for the upcoming 10-episode season.

John Cho (Star Trek, Searching)  has landed the role of Spike Spiegel will be headlining the new Netflix series. He will be joined by Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage) as Jet Black, and Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as Faye Valentine. No word as of yet on Ed and Ein. On the side of the bad guys, the role of Vicious went to Alex Hassell (Subrubicon).

Set in the not so distant future, Cowboy Bebop is a jazz-inspired anime series that ran for one season in Japan plus a movie. It tells the story of the crew of the Bebop, which is made up of a rag-tag bunch of bounty hunters, one of the primary occupations of the year 2071.

Here are the character breakdowns provided by Netflix with the announcement.

Spike Spiegel

Spike Spiegel 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.

Jet Black

Jet Black 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.

Faye Valentine

Faye Valentine is 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.


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.

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes and Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) is writing the first episode. Alex Garcia Lopez (Daredevil, Luke Cage) will direct two episodes of the series.Shinichiro Watanabe, who directed the anime, will serve as a consultant.

No word on a release date yet.


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Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing