Fancast: Cowboy Bebop

Fancast: <i>Cowboy Bebop</i>

Check out this cast for Cowboy Bebop, one of my favorite animes.

If you don't know, Cowboy Bebop is an awesome and timeless anime (Naruto is a pile of crap compared to this). Anyway, it takes place in the year 2071 where travel through the solar system has been made possible through the use of space gates. Due to the influence interplanetary crime syndicates over the government and the corruption of the ISSP (Inter-Solar System Police), bounty hunters (nicknamed "cowboys") are issued to deal fugitives, terrorists, and other criminals. The series follows a team of bounty hunters aboard the Bebop: Spike, Jet, Faye, Edward, and Ein the Corgi.

I decided to make this cast since nobody has ever made one on this sight, and I wanted to be the first to do so. The development of the live-action Cowboy Bebop seems to be dead (and I am not very fond of Keanu Reeves playing Spike). For the director, I chose Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class). I'm a big fan of his work (especially after seeing X-Men: First Class) and think he's the only person that's fit to adapt this.

Anyway, here's the cast:


Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Spike Spiegel: A bounty hunter who is a former member of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate. He is skilled with firearms (notably with his Jericho 941 handgun) and hand-to-hand combat, his martial arts style being Jeet Kune Do. Despite his carefree outward appearance, he is deeply troubled with his past, notably his time in the Syndicate and a romance with a mysterious woman named Julia.

Reason for Casting: Levitt has become quite a popular choice for Spike and I decided "What the hell, I'll go with him". But seriously, Levitt is a great actor (I liked his performances in 500 Days of Summer and ). Plus, he had the same hair style as Spike in Brick.

Bryan Cranston as Jet Black: A Former ISSP officer and owner of the Bebop. He quit the ISSP after being fed up with its corruption and red tape and turned to bounty hunting to pursue justice. He had his left arm lost and replaced it with a cybernetic one as a reminder of what happened when he rushed into trouble without looking first.

Reason for Casting: I have seen a variety of different names that have popped up for the role of Jet. I think Cranston is best suited for this role after seeing his work on Breaking Bad.

Milla Jovovich as Faye Valentine: A novice bounty hunter with a gambling addiction. Although she abondons the crew several times, her attachment to them always brings her back. Her gambling and cheating skills are unrivaled by all with the exception of Spike.

Reason for Casting: She's as played a tough-as-nails woman before in the Resident Evil films. She also gave a good performance in Stone.

Chloe Moretz as Edward: A young eccentric computer genius and master hacker. Despite her name and androgynous appearance, she is actually a girl. She has given herself the name of "Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruskii IV".

Reason for Casting: Moretz is a very versatile actress and would be great as Edward. I also took in the fact that she has worked with Vaughn before in Kick-Ass

Mélanie Laurent as Julia: A mysterious woman from Spike's past whom he loved. She is the reason why Spike left the Syndicate, which is punishable by death.

Reason for Casting: Laurent has the dead on appearance for Julia and gave great performances in Inglorious Basterds and Begginers.


Charlie Hunnam as Vicious: The grim and lethal enforcer for the Red Dragon Syndicate and Spike's former friend (now sworn nemesis). He is noted by his embittered look, the crow-like bird on his shoulder, and his preferred weapon of the katana.

Reason for Casting: I casted Hunnam after seeing him in Cold Mountain and Children of Men.


Wilmer Valderrama and Kristen Bell as Punch and Judy: The hosts of Big Shots, a show which provides various information on bounty heads, but is often unreliable (and the crew of the Bebop get their information from close contacts. Punch talks in a mix of a southern drawl and Mexican accent (which is faked) while Judy acts like a stereotypical dumb blonde, wearing an open bolero jacket with nothing underneath.

Reason for Casting: These two are the only ones I want in the roles. They are mainly provided for comic relief, so please don't criticize too harshly.

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