3, 2, 1, let’s roll.
Believe it or not, it looks like the live-action Cowboy Bebop is really happening.
Multiple reports out of New Zealand, where the series is being filmed, have revealed that the cast is on-site and finishing up prep before shooting begins.
Instagram user liutristan posted a photo with John Cho, who’s playing Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir, who’s playing Jet, and stuntman Tristan Liu at a pub. The photo gives us a taste of what John Cho’s Spike hairdo will look like in the series.
Meanwhile, stunt coordinator Allan Poppleton uploaded a video of the cast working through “boot camp” before the series begins. Poppleton captioned the video “Finishing up our Boot Camp today….!!! 3…2…1…Let’s JAM….!!!! #cowboybebop #stunts #movielife”
Here’s how Netflix describes the upcoming series:
Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed: 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.
Showrunners / Executive Producers: Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio
Executive Producers: Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Snowpiercer, Good Behavior); Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc; Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg.
Writer/Executive Producer: Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) will write the first episode.
Consultant: Shinichiro Watanabe (director of the original anime)