The 'Searching' actor will play bounty hunter Spike Spiegel

John Cho will star as Spike Spiegel in Netflix’s live-action remake of Cowboy Bebop

The Verge reports that John Cho will star in Netflix’s live-action remake of Japanese anime Cowboy Bebop.

Originally released in 1998, Shinichirō Watanabe and Keiko Nobumoto’s 26-episode anime series is praised for its deep plot and stylistic animation. Set in the year 2071, the series follows the lives of a bounty hunter crew in their spaceship ‘Bebop’. Themes include loneliness and escaping the past.

Cho will play bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, a former hitman of the criminal Red Dragon Syndicate and part of the original crew.

Mustafa Shakir will play Spike’s partner Jet Black, Danielle Pineda will play con artist Faye Valentine and Alex Hassell will play hitman Vicious.

Netflix will spread the series across 10 episodes with Watanabe as a consultant on the series. Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Christopher Yost will write the first two episodes.

No release date has been given for the series yet.

Recently, Cho was seen in Awkwafina‘s celebrity selfie showing ‘Asian glow’.