Netflix's live-action series "Cowboy Bebop" has found the lion's share of its main cast, Variety has learned.
John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda and Alex Hassell have all been named in lead roles in the series, which is based on the animated series of the same name.
Cho will play the role of Spike Spiegel, described as an incredibly cool bounty hunter with a deadly smile, a twisted mind and a style to spare. He travels in the solar system with his former police partner, Jet, in search of the most dangerous bonuses of the future, combining charm, charisma – and the deadly Jeet Kune Do.
Cho is known for his roles in the "Star Trek" film franchise as well as in the "Harold and Kumar" films. It will also appear in an upcoming episode of the restart of "Twilight Zone" on CBS All Access. It is picked up by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
Shakir will play Jet Black, one of the few honest cops in the solar system, before an ultimate betrayal robs him of everything he loved, forcing him to lead a makeshift life with bonuses hunting to feed his guests. Jet is a passionate jazz enthusiast and captain of Bebop.
Shakir recently played in Season 2 of the Marvel-Netflix series "Luke Cage" as well as in the HBO series "The Deuce". He is replaced by Gersh, Robyn Bluestone Management and Schreck Rose.
Pineda will play Faye Valentine, described as a bold, reckless and unpredictable bounty hunter. Suffering from amnesia after years of cryogenic freezing, Faye does all that it takes to survive. Whether she is lying, flying or just being a thorn on Spike and Jet's side.
Pineda's previous credits include "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom", "The Detour" and "Inside Amy Schumer". It is taken over by UTA, Kirsten Ames Management and Schreck Rose.
Hassell will play Vicious. Described as a man who really likes to kill, Vicious is the most famous killer of the Union. He is also the former partner and sworn enemy of Spike Spiegel.
Hassell will appear in the next series of Amazon "The Boys". His previous credits include "The Bisexual" and "Genius" Season 2. He is picked up by Gersh, United Agents in UK, and Magnolia Entertainment.
Radical Ed will also appear in the series, but the casting process of this character is underway.
Netflix bought "Cowboy Bebop" for 10 episodes in November. The series is described as the jazz-inspired story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed, a band of bounty hunter scavengers fleeing from their past as they search for the most dangerous that is. the criminals. They will even save the world for the good price.
Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the original anime, will act as a consultant for the project. Christopher Yost, who has already written "Thor: The Dark World" and "Thor: Ragnarok", will write the first episode and the executive product. Midnight Radio's Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will be the executive producers. Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc. – the studio behind the original series – will also be executive producers with Tomorrow's Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements, Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg. The series is a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, Netflix ensuring physical production.