Cowboy Bebop fans have a lot to be excited about thanks to Netflix’s Geeked Week. While we didn’t get a full-fledged trailer, the streamer did give fans their first look at the main cast in costume and confirmed a Fall 2021 release window.
Netflix’s brief teaser shows stars John Cho (Spike Spiegel), Daniella Pineda (Faye Valentine) and Mustafa Shakir (Jet Black) in costume and dancing to the iconic theme music from the anime. The video ends with the reveal that series composer Yoko Kanno will be returning to score the live-action series, complete with new compositions.
Yoko Kanno, the composer behind the iconic soundtrack of the original COWBOY BEBOP anime will be creating the soundtrack for the new Live Action Series. Also confirmed…Cowboy Bebop is coming this Fall. #GeekedWeek pic.twitter.com/6lHZQcoFR6
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) June 8, 2021
While Cho’s Spike looks surprisingly close to the source material (right down to the unruly hair), Faye and Jet appear to have undergone significant makeovers in the transition from animation to live-action. But most Bebop fans would probably agree – Kanno’s participation is the key stylistic ingredient here.
Update: Netflix clarified that the cast is appearing out of character in this footage and these outfits aren’t representative of their respective looks in the series.
According to Pineda, production on Season 1 wrapped in March 2021. The first season began filming way back around summer 2019. About five episodes of the series completed shooting when production shut down due to Cho’s leg injury and subsequent rehabilitation.
[widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=every-character-and-actor-in-netflixs-cowboy-bebop-series&captions=true”]
At the time, filming was expected to be halted for 7 to 9 months. Likely as a result of COVID-19, it ended up being a full year before cameras were rolling again.
What do you think of these Cowboy Bebop costumes? Let us know in the comments.
Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.