With Cowboy Bebop gearing up to premiere this week, Netflix is turning its attention to another of its live-action manga/anime adaptations, with the streamer announcubf the cast of its upcoming One Piece series.
Iñaki Godoy (Who Killed Sara?) is set to take on the role of Monkey D. Luffy, a pirate who, along with his crew aboard the Thousand Sunny, “explores a fantastical world of endless oceans and exotic islands in search of the world’s ultimate treasure known as “One Piece” to become the next Pirate King”.
Along with Godoy, the cast of One Piece will include Mackenyu (Ruroni Kenshin: Final Chapter) as Rornoa Zoro, Emily Rudd (Fear Street) as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson (All Rise) as Usopp and Taz Skylar (Boiling Point) as Sanji.
Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) is serving as writer and showrunner on the live-action One Piece series, with original manga author Eiichiro Oda executive producing alongside Matt Owens (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Cowboy Bebop, Snowpiercer).
“We’ve been working with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios on the massive project that is the Hollywood live action series adaptation of One Piece,” said Oda. “How many years has it been since it was announced, right? I know, I know! But rest assured we’ve been making steady progress all along! It’s not easy when you’re working with people from different cultures! But it’s precisely that process that can yield something special! For now, we’re able to announce the main cast! Rather, we need to hurry and announce it or else it’ll be leaked, apparently! Hilarious, lol. Their face, the size of their mouths and hands, their aura, the way they carry themselves, their voice, their acting skills, their height, the balance amongst the Straw Hat Crew, etc…! We decided on this cast after numerous discussions involving people around the world! These are the people who will be our Straw Hat Pirates! It’ll take a bit more time to get this show done, but we’ll continue to do our best to deliver a show that we’re confident will be enjoyed by everyone around the world! Look forward to more updates in the future!”
“We are so excited to set sail with this amazing and talented cast.” added Maeda and Owens. “Finding the right people to pull off the looks, emotions, and actions of the iconic Straw Hats was a long and challenging (and fun!) process. Much like the search for the One Piece itself. But we have finally found the perfect fits! They have already begun working very hard to bring these characters to life. You will come to know and love them just as much as their manga counterparts. All of us can’t wait to show you what we’ve come up with! Onward to adventure!”
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