At long last, “Cowboy Bebop” is popping.
A week after tantalizing anime audiences with a quickie teaser, Netflix has finally dropped the official trailer for its new live-action series.
“If you need to find me — I go by Spike Siegel these days,” star John Cho, 49, intones at the beginning of the epic trailer.
Based on the 1998 anime of the same name, the 10-part “action-packed Space Western” series follows bounty hunters Spike Spiegel (Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir, 45), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda, 34) as they pursue the “solar system’s most dangerous criminals” – while trying to escape their troubled pasts, per the trailer’s hyped up description.
Think “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” meets “The Mandalorian.”
From the looks of the trailer, the live-action “CB” will be remarkably faithful to the source material. Shot in the same same snappy style as last week’s teaser, the preview sprinkles in even near-perfect recreations of scenes from the original show.
It also gives us a closer look at the villains Pierrot Le Fou and Vicious, and more scenes of the bounty-hunting trio exchanging the snarky banter that made the cartoon iteration such a hit.
The much-anticipated adaptation has experienced delays over the course of production due to Cho’s on-set injury, which put the show out for seven to nine months.
Production wrapped in March, which original anime series director Shinichirō Watanabe working as a consultant on the series, and original composer Yoko Kanno returning to score the live-action action.
The classic series originally premiered in Japan in 1998, and ran as a 26-episode show. It later aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, growing its popularity in the United States.