John Cho to Star in ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live-Action Series

John Cho in The Exorcist
John Cho in ‘The Exorcist’ season 2 episode 1 (Photo by Sergei Bachlakov © Fox Broadcasting Co)

John Cho (The Exorcist) is confirmed to star in Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop series. The series is based on the incredibly popular Japanese animated series and has Alex Garcia Lopez (The Witcher, Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s The Punisher) attached to direct the show’s first two episodes.

John Cho will star alongside Mustafa Shakir (Marvel’s Luke Cage), Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), and Alex Hassell (The Red Sea Diving Resort). Season one will consist of 10 episodes.

Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg are the showrunners and executive produce the series. Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki are also on board as executive producers. Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) is writing the first episode.

The Plot and Characters, Courtesy of Netflix:

Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of 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.

JOHN CHO as 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.

MUSTAFA SHAKIR as 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.

DANIELLA PINEDA as 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.

ALEX HASSELL as Vicious: 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.