If you haven't caught the classic anime series Cowboy Bebop, stop reading and watch it now. The series is almost 20 years old for heaven's sake (although it premiered on Cartoon Network in 2001). Cowboy Bebop is on the top of my list of favorite anime series, mainly because of the animation quality, characters' backstories (if you didn't shed a tear for Faye, you don't have a heart), and of course, the music. Check below for a quick overview of the series:
Cowboy Bebop takes place in the year 2071 A.D., following a group of bounty hunters, known as cowboys, each with their own unique personalities and style on board the ship, the Bebop. Each episode (or "sessions" as they're called on the series) can be seen on its own as it doesn't necessarily follow the usual episodic format. What makes this series so enjoyable is how the series develops each character, pulling in the audience into the present, while slowly unfolding their backstory. From the young hacker, Ed, super intelligent corgi, Ein, retired cop, Jet and the femme fatale, Faye Valentine, this series is definitely a must-watch. As the main character Spike Spiegel, the series' main story arc revolves around him and how he deals with his past.
If a futuristic action series, mixed with space exploration and a side of cowboys doesn't perk your ears up, I don't know what the hell is wrong with you. So when I first heard about a live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop was underway, my eyes literally bulged out of my sockets. So many questions popped into my head: who would direct it? What storylines would they focus on in the movie? More importantly: who would play the sarcastic, ass-kicking Spike Spiegel?
With Keanu Reeves out of the mix for being "too old", here are my top picks (emphasis on my) that could get the job done.
Aaron Taylor Johnson
He's young (and also big on the cougars), can Kick-Ass, and his hair is completely versatile (along with his acting skills too, of course). Watch Johnson in Kick-Ass and I'm sure you can imagine him as Spike, along with his infamous afro.
Joseph Gordon Levitt
You have to admit: Gordon-Levitt has the charm to play Spike. He's also definitely toned and can pull off a fight scene (Inception, anyone?). His hair might be a long-shot though.
Franco could possibly deliver a good Spike. He could pull off the humor, but maybe not the fight scenes as well as my other picks. Plus he smokes (but not the same thing Spike does).
If Reeves is too old to play Spike, so is Cooper. But the hair. The hair.
Although there hasn't been much movement with the live-action adaptation, it would still be great to watch Cowboy Bebop on the big screen, regardless of the actors/actresses playing the mötley crüe aboard the Bebop ship. Tell me, dear readers: who do you want to see take the lead roles? Sound off on the comments below!