During Netflix’s themed “Geeked Week” of programming announcements, the streaming service has provided an update, albeit mild, to the long-delayed, planned, live-action Cowboy Bebop television series.
The series was scheduled for a 2020 premiere before being delayed by a shocking on-set accident that injured lead actor John Cho and forced a suspension of production, only for production to be further delayed as a result of the global pandemic of COVID-19 and recently concluded the production of the first season last March.
Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Radical Ed: a rag-tag 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.Netflix describes its Cowboy Bebop Series
Yoko Kanno, the composer behind the iconic soundtrack of the original COWBOY BEBOP anime will be creating the soundtrack for the new Live Action Series. Also confirmed…Cowboy Bebop is coming this Fall. #GeekedWeek pic.twitter.com/6lHZQcoFR6— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) June 8, 2021
The series stars John Cho as Spike, Mustafa Shakir as Jet, Daniella Pineda as Faye, Alex Hassell as Vicious, and Elena Satine as Julia.
The cast also includes:
- Geoff Stults as Chalmers, Jet’s ex-partner
- Tamara Tunie as Ana, Martian club owner
- Mason Alexander Park as Gren, Ana’s right-hand person
- Rachel House as Mao, White Tigers Capo
- Ann Truong as Shin, one of Vicious’ twin henchmen
- Hoa Xuande as Lin, one Vicious’ twin henchmen
Now, Netflix has announced that the series is slated for a world premiere in fall 2021, and made the announcement along with a new teaser confirming music composer Yoko Kanno’s involvement in the project, despite the announcement trailer, not It features Kanno at all, and instead of featuring cast members. Cho (Spike), Mustafa Shakir (Jet), and Daniella Pineda (Faye Valentine) move to the beat of the anime’s opening theme “Tank!”