A half-dozen actors have been added to the cast list for Netflix’s upcoming Cowboy Bebop series — a live-action adaptation of the smash-hit Space Western anime directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (who serves as a consultant on the new series), based on the manga by Hajime Yatate.
Geoff Stults (Little Fires Everywhere, 12 Strong), Tamara Tunie (Black Earth Rising, Dietland), Mason Alexander Park (Hedwig and the Angry Inch National Broadway Tour), Rachel House (Thor: Ragnarok, Soul), Ann Truong (Strikeback!, Hard Target 2) and Hoa Xuande (Ronny Chieng: International Student, Top of the Lake) join previousy announced stars John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine and Alex Hassell as Vicious.
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.
The new cast will take on the following roles:
- Geoff Stults plays Chalmers, the epitome of a Western lawman and Jet Black’s former co-detective at the ISSP’s Homicide Division. He wears a chronic smile that makes you want to punch him square in the face… especially Jet. And that’s only partly because Chalmers is dating his ex-wife these days.
- Tamara Tunie plays Ana, the proprietor of the hottest underground bluesy jazz club on Mars. And while she acts as a surrogate mom to Spike, there is nothing warm and cuddly about her. Cool and intense, Ana is definitely not a woman to be trifled with.
- Mason Alexander Park plays Gren, Ana’s right-hand person. They run the front of the house for Ana’s jazz club. As capable with their wit as a glock, as confident in a dress as a suit, they are a Bowie-esque embodiment of 22nd century handsome and seductive beauty.
- Rachel House plays Mao, the Capo of the Syndicate’s “White Tigers” family. Despite, or perhaps because of, her blue collar background, Mao is more cunning, adept, crafty and deadly than her counterparts.
- Ann Truong and Hoa Xuande play Shin and Lin. Dressed to kill (because they do), Shin and Lin serve as Vicious’ twin Syndicate henchman. Despite being fearful of their volatile boss, they are fiercely loyal to Vicious in his quest (for reasons we have yet to understand) to take down Spike Spiegel.
André Nemec and Jeff Pinkner of Midnight Radio are executive producers and showrunners. Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio executive produce with Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios, Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki and Shin Sasaki of original anime studio Sunrise Inc; along with Tim Coddington, Tetsu Fujimura, Michael Katleman and Matthew Weinberg. Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World and Ragnarok, Star Wars Rebels) will write the first episode and executive produce. Cowboy Bebop is a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios; with Netflix handling physical production.