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Netflix Releases Teaser For Live-Action Cowboy Bebop

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Of all the ill-advised live-action adaptions of anime properties that Netflix has cooking, we’re the most cautiously optimistic about Cowboy Bebop. Unlike a lot of the others, the concept wouldn’t look silly in the medium — much of what was in the original show can be recreated with real actors on a TV budget.

The show has the actors to pull it off, too. We’ve known the cast list for a while: John Cho is playing Spike Spiegel, Daniella Pineda is playing Faye Valentine and Mustafa Shakir is playing Jet Black. Today we got to see them in costume….or at least we assume they are, as they (be)bop to the main title theme in Netflix’s first teaser for Cowboy Bebop: Live-Action Edition.

This teaser reveals two things previously unknown: one, the release window (after multiple delays, Netflix expects to get this out in the fall of 2021) and two, the welcome news that original series composer Yoko Kanno is back to provide the tracks for the new series. As any fan will tell you, the soundtrack is one of the best things about Cowboy Bebop. There will be some re-renders of classic tunes as well as some new material.

The cast list is rounded out by Alex Hassell as the villainous Vicious and Elena Satine as Spike’s ex Julia. And….hmm. Do you sense something missing? There is one character we thought we would be hearing something about by now. WHERE IS ED?

Have they just not cast her yet? No that couldn’t be the case, because they wrapped shooting last March. How can you do the show without Ed? Worse yet, Netflix won’t say if the ten episodes we’re getting are intended to be the entire series, or just the first season (or if they’ll order one season and cancel the second one, which is more their style). What if we never get Ed?

Since we have no personal connections at Netflix, we can’t get any answers. We’ll just have to wait a bit longer until more info about the Cowboy Bebop live-action series is released.