Netflix has released the synopsis for its upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series.
The synopsis describes the series as "an action-packed space Western" with our main trio of freelance bounty hunters -- ex-gangster Spike Spiegel (John Cho), ex-cop Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and con-artist Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) -- being "a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals — for the right price." It also mentions that original series director Shinichirō Watanabe is on-hand as a creative consultant and that original composer Yoko Kanno will return to score the new show.
Four years after it was announced, Cowboy Bebop will premier on November 19. The announcement came along with a collection of set photos that show a truly stunning recreation of the costumes and sets of the 1998 anime. However, while the photos highlighted Spike, Jet, Faye and even the crew's beloved pet Ein the corgi, notably absent was Radical Edward, the androgynous teenage hacking prodigy who rounded out the Bebop crew. No actor has yet been announced to play Ed, but given the show's fidelity to the original anime, it's expected that she will join the main cast sometime after the initial batch of episodes.
The full synopsis for Netflix's Cowboy Bebop reads as follows:
COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” all trying to outrun the past. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals — for the right price. But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them.
Based on the beloved anime series, COWBOY BEBOP is executive produced by André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios, Makoto Asanuma, Shin Sasaki and Masayuki Ozaki of Sunrise Inc., Tim Coddington, Tetsu Fujimura, Michael Katleman, Matthew Weinberg, and Christopher Yost. Nemec serves as showrunner. Original anime series director Shinichirō Watanabe is a consultant on the series, and original composer Yoko Kanno returns for the live-action adaptation. The series also stars Alex Hassell and Elena Satine.
Cowboy Bebop will premier on Netflix on November 19.