How old is Spike Spiegel? Age is just a number for new Cowboy Bebop

Darcy Rafter August 24, 2021
How old is Spike Spiegel? Age is just a number for new Cowboy Bebop
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The newest Netflix film that everyone is tuning into is based on the beloved 1998 anime television series, Cowboy Bebop, starring John Cho; what people want to know is just how old bounty hunter Spike Spiegel is.

The film also stars Mustafa Shakir and Daniella Pineda, the original score is used and composed by icon Yoko Kanno and the series is created by the original director Shinichirō Watanabe.

The adaptation of the influential anime series Cowboy Bebop will premiere on Netflix on Friday 19th November 2021.

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How old is Spike Spiegel?

  • Spike is a bounty hunter who was born on Mars on June 26, 2044. He is 27 years old.

Cowboy Bebop originally premiered in 1998, the space-western is about a group of bounty hunters on a spaceship called the Bebop. The iconic visual style and influential thematic elements proved a hit amongst critics.

The whole series consists of only 26 episodes but it has been a massive inspiration, particularly for two manga series and an anime film that was released in 2003.

Who is Spike Spiegel?

Spike Spiegel is a fictional character who is the protagonist of the 1998 anime series Cowboy Bebop. The anime character is a former member of the criminal Red Dragon Syndicate; Spike left by faking his death after falling in love with a woman named Julia.

What’s the age difference between Spiegel and John Cho, the actor who plays him?

John Cho is 49 years old. John is going to be playing Spike Spiegel, who is supposed to be 27 years old in the original Cowboy Bebop. This means there is a 22 year age gap between the pair.

Cho is best known for his roles in the “Harold and Kumar” films and the new “Star Trek” films. He has also been in the “Searching” and Season 2 of “The Exorcist.”

All the tea about the Netflix live-action show

The live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop was initially announced nearly three years ago, however, it hasn’t exactly been a smooth road. Production was also delayed for several months after Cho suffered an injury on-set, this injury required him to fly from the show’s shooting location in New Zealand to Los Angeles for some surgery. Production for the season finally finished in March of this year.

The new Netflix series is set to run for an initial 10-episode season, with each episode an hour long.

A co-writer for the show called Javier Grillo-Marxuach explained how the longer episodes will see the show differ from the original format that the previous series took.

“We’re not going to go one-to-one on all of [the original show’s] stories because we’re also trying to tell the broader story of Spike Spiegel and the Syndicate, Spike Spiegel and Julia, Spike Spiegel and Vicious, and all that,” he said.

“But we are looking at the show and saying, ‘Who are some of the great villains in this show, and how can we put them into this broader narrative?’ So that we are telling both of the big stories that Cowboy Bebop tells.”

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Darcy is an experienced journalist working on GRV Media’s audience team across The Focus, Reality Titbit, and HITC. Darcy studied Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University and whilst there she completed a work internship with GRV Media. After gaining a first-class BA (Hons) degree, Darcy joined the team full-time. Since then she has become a social media specialist and her expertise lies in tracking trends. With five years of experience in media, she is particularly passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. When she’s not writing about The Kardashians, she’s binge-watching it!