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Netflix reveals the main cast of its live-action One Piece adaptation

By Tim Augustin - on 10 Nov 2021, 1:52pm

Netflix reveals the main cast of its live-action One Piece adaptation

Image: One Piece

The Straw Hat gang is coming to Netflix.

Netflix has set its main cast for the upcoming live-action One Piece adaptation. The 10-episode first season will adapt the iconic long-running manga of the same name, with its creator Eiichiro Oda involved as executive producer. 

Inaki Godoy plays a stretchy pirate who needs no introduction: Monkey D. Luffy, while Mackenyu plays Roronoa Zoro. Emily Rudd plays Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson plays Usopp and Taz Skylar plays Sanji. For those unfamiliar with the source material, these characters are all members of One Piece’s main protagonists, the Straw Hat Pirates. 

Welcome to Netflix Straw Hats! @InakiGodoy@mackenyu1116@emilysteaparty@itsbookofjacob and Taz Skylar.

— ONE PIECE(ワンピース) Netflix (@onepiecenetflix) November 9, 2021

On the announcement, the delightful Eiichrio Oda had quite a bit to say: 

We’ve been working with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios on the massive project that is the Hollywood live action series adaptation of ONE PIECE! 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!

Showrunner, writer and executive producer Steven Maeda and writer and executive producer Matt Owens said: 

We are so excited to set sail with this amazing and talented cast! 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!

One Piece is a legendary manga series with a long-running anime adaptation, both of which follow the continuing adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates. Inspired by his childhood idol ‘Red Haired’ Shanks, Luffy strives to become the Pirate King. Having eaten one of the rare Devil Fruits, he also has the superhuman ability to stretch and compress his limbs like rubber. The anime is close to airing its 1000th episode and the manga has just surpassed 100 volumes, so one can expect Netflix to condense the overall story somewhat. 

One Piece is produced by Netflix with Tomorrow Studios, the latter of which also developed the live-action Cowboy Bebop adaptation coming later this month. 

Image: Netflix

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