Cowboy Bebop Showrunner Talks About Netflix's Perfect Casting

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Netflix's live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop is coming this November, and fans will finally get to see John Cho play the role of space cowboy Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, and Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine.

During a recent interview with Polygon, showrunner Andre Nemec discussed the show's "perfect casting" of the bounty hunters that became one of the most beloved anime characters that will be introduced in the world of live-action for the first time thanks to the streaming giant.

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Nemec described John Cho's Spike as a "cowboy with a broken heart," and detailed the heart and soul of his character in Netflix's live-action adaptation:

"I think that the telling of that story was exciting to me because there were things in the anime that were alluded to and hinted at, and … I think that there's a deep soul to Spike Spiegel, despite his laconic and sort of laissez-faire, brush-it-off presentation," Nemec said. "To be able to tell a story about who you are, what made you who you are, and where you go from there was very dynamic to sit around and figure out."

The showrunner also went into detail about Mustafa Shakir's role as Jett Black, the oldest member of Bebop, and explains why Shakir is the perfect choice to play the ex-cop.

"Jet Black at his core, despite all of the hardships that are always presented to him in the anime, is an optimist at heart and I think in meeting Mustafa, and in talking with him and going through the casting process, he presented such power and such a beautiful spirit," Nemec said. "Mustafa is fond of saying something in the sweetest, most beautiful way, 'Hey man, I love love.' He again is such a powerful presence, but with this beauty and the softness inside him, it was unquestionable that he had the essence of Jet Black."

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Finally, Nemec talked about how Danielle Pineda is perfect for the role of Faye Valentine.

"It became undeniable that she has this incredible effervescence, a quick wit, a wonderful charm, but she also has a kind of take-no-prisoners kick-him-in-the-teeth underbelly to her. She has a strength and power, even though she doesn't lead with that power. To me, that was what it meant to capture Faye Valentine."

Related: Cowboy Bebop Will NOT be a Direct Adaptation of Original Anime

Expect Netflix toreveal more details about Cowboy Bebopat their global TUDUM event on September 25.

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Netflix's Cowboy Bebop is set to release on November 19, 2021. For more details about the series, check out everything you need to know about it here, and don't forget to follow our Netflix Rocks My World page on Facebook for the latest updates.