A character breakdown has appeared for Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop series. Cowboy Bebop may have only lasted 26 episodes, but it remains a touchstone anime series. The show follows the adventures of a crew of bounty hunters in 2071, and the show’s unique blending of sci-fi, drama and comedy quickly made it a fan favorite. One episode could be a wacky action story and the next could be a dark drama or tragedy.
Cowboy Bebop also received an anime movie in 2001, which was set before the show’s finale. There was talk of a live-action movie starring Keanu Reeves, who is a big fan of the series, but it was eventually scrapped over budget concerns. It was recently confirmed Netflix is pushing ahead with a 10-episode live action adaptation with original series director Shinichiro Watanabe consulting.
No cast has been announced for the Cowboy Bebop series yet, with the show expected to start filming in April 2019. Now, That Hashtag Show has released a character breakdown list, revealing what kind of actors the showrunners are seeking.
An Asian (or partially Asian) man in his mid 20’s to mid 30’s and must have athletic ability. Spike is the young and handsome male lead with a body like Bruce Lee. His carefree demeanor hides a seriously dangerous individual. Spike is prone to shoot first and improvise, unlike his more serious partner Jet, but he gets the job done. Spike tries to hide his sensitive side but is a sucker for a damsel in distress and is haunted by his past
An Asian (or mixed heritage) woman in her early 20’s to mid 30’s and must have athletic ability. Faye is the female lead of the show. She is an attractive bounty hunter with a sharp tongue. She’s a survivor who will con anyone to get what she wants. Faye has no memory of her early life, including family or friends. So, even though she’ll never admit it, she likes working with the other members of the Bebop crew.
An African American (or partial African American) man in his mid 30’s to early 50’s. An ex-cop, Jet looks intimidating but is a softy at heart. He became fed up with the corrupt system, but he still catches criminals as a bounty hunter. While Jet believes in the law, he will always back up a friend. Occasionally, he will even relax and have fun.
14-year-old girl, must have athletic ability and short stature. Ed is a 14-year-old computer genius and expert hacker whose talents are indispensable. She is extremely energetic with a child-like wonder and is eccentric, bordering on the bizarre.
A man in his mid 20’s to mid 30’s of any ethnicity, with pale skin and white hair. Vicious is the merciless leader of the criminal organization known as the Syndicate. He will kill anyone who gets in the way of his business without a second thought.
A woman in her mid 20’s to mid 30’s of any ethnicity. Julia is a sophisticated blonde damsel in distress that has a mysterious connection to Spike. She appears to him in visions and whispers to him about his past. The real Julia is the girlfriend of the merciless Syndicate leader Vicious.
It reads like the Cowboy Bebop show will be sticking pretty close to the anime in terms of characterization. It’s also interesting to note the show is seeking actors of Asian heritage for both Spike and Faye, instead of seeking white lead actors. Following the whitewashing accusations that greeted both Ghost In The Shell and Death Note adaptations in 2017, it appears Netflix is making a conscious effort to stay true to the source material.
Anime has become increasingly popular on Netflix, with the streaming giant recently announcing Neon Genesis Evangelion will appear on the platform in 2019 and that a new Ghost In The Shell series is in development. Fans will be eagerly awaiting to see how Cowboy Bebop fares in live-action, but capturing the show’s unique tone will definitely be the biggest challenge facing the showrunners.
Source: That Hashtag Show