Cowboy Bebop, a cult-classic anime series, is getting a live-action adaptation, and fans can’t wait to see how that turns out to be. The show in itself means ‘nostalgia’ to the community, and we can be sure that the pressure is tremendous. Bring the show to life with the same kind of class, and intensity, especially matching the charisma of Spike Spiegel, might get overwhelming for Netflix. However, there is still a ray of light that this might be the beginning of something huge.
The development of a live-action Cowboy Bebop show has been circulating on the internet for quite some time; however, with the addition of new cast members, things look extremely positive. The initial update came back in September of 2020, and only in two months, the team has added new actors to their list.
Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop live-action show welcomes new actors
We have got the update regarding the actors who are going to play some of the iconic characters of all time. The new joiners are as follows:
Introducing Cowboy Bebop's Gren @MasonAPark 🚀 Revolutionary as the original anime was, the vocabulary we have today for LGBTQ+ people didn't quite exist when it aired. For the upcoming live action adaptation, the character is being reimagined as nonbinary with a nonbinary actor. pic.twitter.com/D6E4qC2Sgj
National Broadway Tour of Hedwig star Mason Alexander Park will play the character of Grencia Mars Elijah Guo Eckener. Also known as Gren, a Titan War veteran, and a symbol of highly acclaimed LGBTQ depictions ever, fans can’t wait to see Mason tapping into the role. The official tweet from Netflix read,
For the upcoming live-action adaptation, the character is being reimagined as nonbinary with a nonbinary actor.
Following Mason, the other new faces include 12 Strong’s, Geoff Stults, and Tamara Tunie from Black Earth Rising. Joining them are Thor Ragnarok star Rachel House, Hard Target 2’s Ann Truong, and Hoa Xuande, responsible for ‘Top of the Lake.’
These six actors will join the formerly announced actors, including John Cho playing the ever-dashing and witty Spike Spiegel. Alongside him, we will see Mustafa Shakir playing the popular Jet Black and Daniella Pineda in the role of Faye Valentine. The other two actors are Alex Hassell (Vicious) and Elena Satine (Julia).
Cowboy Bebop live-action adaptation Release Date and Crew
The upcoming live-action project is a result of Tomorrow Studios and Netflix’s collaboration. Jeff Pinkner and André Nemec will be serving as the showrunners, while executive producer Christopher Yost will be working on the official storyline. We expect to see the core elements from the original anime series, as director Shinichiro Watanabe is working alongside the team as a consultant.
Cowboy Bebop, the classic Japanese anime series, made its official debut way back in April 1998. With just 26 episodes, the anime became one of a kind and cemented its legacy, still matched by none. With Netflix coming into the scene, it will be interesting to the real-life project when we get the first official trailer.
Cowboy Bebop live-action adaptation might release sometime in the second half of 2021 on Netflix.