By Mandi Bierly
January 16, 2009 at 09:04 PM EST

Keanu Reeves is set to play futuristic bounty hunter Spike Spiegel in a live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop, Variety reports. You don’t have to be a fan of the show to understand why Reeves was cast: It’s set in 2071. Spike wears cool clothes and packs heat. Done. I’m down with Reeves’ casting because I’ll watch Keanu in anything (I see emotion even when you don’t), and because my attachment to Spike began roughly 10 minutes ago when I watched the ending of the 26-episode series on YouTube. Bang! (I’d recommend spoilerphobic newbies settle for the opening of Ep 1, below.)

What do you diehard fans think? Who would you like to see cast as paternal cyborg Jet, sassy femme Faye, and girly techno-savant Ed?

More on Keanu Reeves and Cowboy Bebop:
Keanu Reeves: 24 career highs and lows
EW reviews Reeves’ movies
Keanu Reeves confesses his comic book obsession
Lisa Schwarzbaum reviews the 2003 Cowboy Bebop movie
Marc Bernardin reviews the Cowboy Bebop movie DVD (from which, I confess, I stole my description of the supporting characters)

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