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LOOK: ‘Cowboy Bebop’ live action series drops first on-set cast photos

By Dandi Galvez Published Aug 23, 2021 11:26 pm

The official Twitter account of the live-action Cowboy Bebop series on Netflix tweeted out their first set photos featuring the main cast in their full character costumes.

"Whatever happens, happens," read the tweet, which featured photos of Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) and included the release date of Nov. 19 on Netflix.

Production on the series, based on the neo-noir, space Western Cowboy Bebop anime from Japan's Sunrise Inc. animation studio, began in October 2019. After actor Cho suffered an on-set knee injury which took place in New Zealand, production ground to a halt, which was further exacerbated by a total shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But in July 2020 New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment allowed the series' crew to re-enter the country, giving the go-ahead to filming of the 10-episode first season.

Other cast members who have yet to be revealed in their full live-action character glory include:

  • 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 and Hoa Xuande as Shin and Lin, respectively, Vicious' twin henchmen


Yoko Kanno, the anime’s original composer, is also returning to score the music for the live-action adaptation.

“There’s no Bebop without Yoko,” Netflix says in the teaser video posted on Twitter last June. Kanno is the brilliant mind behind the original show’s iconic theme song, Tank!

Cowboy Bebop releases on November 19, 2021 on Netflix.

(Images from @bebopnetflix on Twitter)