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Here’s a first look at the live action cast of Cowboy Bebop

Yoko Kanno, the composer behind the iconic soundtrack of the original anime, will also be creating the soundtrack for the new series

3, 2, 1… Let’s jam! Good news for anime fans: Netflix has released an early look at the cast of the upcoming Cowboy Bebop live-action series. 

Slated for release this autumn, the adaptation stars John Cho as Spike, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, and Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black.

A new Twitter post shows the cast in full costume, hair, and make-up, alongside an announcement that Yoko Kanno, the composer behind the iconic soundtrack of the original anime, will be returning with new material for the upcoming series (read our interview with Kanno here). Shinichiro Watanabe, the original show’s creator, will also be consulting on the project.

Cowboy Bebop follows Spiegel, an intergalactic bounty hunter, and his band-a-parte of cowboys, who chase down the solar system’s most notorious criminals and bounties in 2071.

“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,” read an earlier press release.

Also joining the cast is non-binary actor Mason Alexander Park, who will be playing the role of Gren, who is depicted as genderfluid in the original anime.

The remake was first announced in 2018, but ran into some roadblocks as Cho had an on-set injury that delayed filming. This was further delayed by the pandemic, but resumed shooting in New Zealand in July.

The series will now be released on Netflix this autumn and will run for a total of ten episodes.