One of the long-running ani-manga series, One Piece, is still as popular now as it was when it first debuted. This series has such a large fan base that Netflix decided to attempt to turn it into a live-action movie. Let’s investigate what’s cooking.
What is One Piece?
The Japanese manga series One Piece was created by Eiichiro Oda. Since July 22, 1997, it has been published in Shueisha’s shonen manga magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump, and as of July 2023, its individual chapters have been collected into 106 tankōbon volumes. The plot centers on the exploits of Monkey D. Luffy, a young man whose unintended consumption of a Devil Fruit left him with a body made of rubber. In order to become the next Pirate King, Luffy traverses the Grand Line with his pirate crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, in pursuit of the world’s greatest treasure, known as “One Piece”.
Over 490 million copies of One Piece have been sold worldwide, making it one of the most popular manga series ever. It is the third most popular manga series globally and the best-selling manga series in Japan. The longest-running anime series in history has been airing since October 1999 with its adaptation of One Piece. It is renowned for its extensive and continuous plot, diverse array of characters, and thrilling action scenes. The comedy, humanity, and capacity to unite people have all been appreciated in the series. A worldwide cultural phenomenon that has won the hearts of millions of fans.
One Piece is one of the longest-running manga and anime series in history. It is a long and continuing plot. This has made it possible for the series to create a rich, complicated universe with a diverse cast of characters.
One Piece boasts a huge and diverse group of characters, all of them have their own distinct personalities and peculiarities. Due to this, a large audience finds the series to be incredibly appealing.
What to Expect From One Piece Live Action
Based on the information IMDb has provided so far, It appears that the first season of the One Piece live-action series will cover the East Blue Saga (Manga chapters: 1-100, Anime episodes: 1-53), which is the first saga of One Piece. The following arcs will likely be adapted in the first season:
Romance Dawn Arc (Anime Episodes: 1-3, Manga Chapters: 1-7),
Orange Town Arc (Anime Episodes: 4–8, Manga Chapters: 8–21),
Syrup Village Arc (Anime Episodes: 9–18; Manga Chapters: 22–24),
Arlong Park Arc (Anime Episodes: 31–44, Manga Chapters: 69–95) ,
Loguetown Arc (Anime Episodes: 45, 48–53, Manga Chapters: 96–100),
and the Baratie Arc (Anime Episodes: 19–30, Manga Chapters: 42–68).
Ten episodes of this show were originally confirmed. The crew has since revealed that the first season of Netflix’s live-action One Piece series has been cut down to eight episodes. The live-action series has 8 episodes listed under it on IMDb, along with the first 8 episodes names. The titles of the episodes have not yet been determined, though, as they fluctuate between the titles listed on IMDb and the leaks. These are the titles of the episodes, according to IMDb:
- Episode 1: Romance Dawn
- Episode 2: All the Treasures in the World
- Episode 3: A Brave Captain
- Episode 4: The Myth of Fighting Cooks
- Episode 5: A Frog in the Well
- Episode 6: Fish Teeth
- Episode 7: Pinwheel
- Episode 8: The East Wind
Although we will have to wait for official confirmation of the official titles for the episodes.
Cast for Netflix’s One Piece Live-Action
The first season of the series will feature the following actors (along with the character they will play):
Monkey D. Luffy will be played by Iñaki Godoy, a 19-year-old Mexican actor who is on the rise, joined a theatrical program for kids when he was four years old. Since then, he has made appearances in a number of television programs and motion pictures, such as La Querida del Centauro (2016), Sin Miedo a la Verdad (2019), and Who Killed Sara? (2021).
Godoy has been putting in a lot of effort to be ready to play Luffy because he is a passionate One Piece fan. He has been studying manga and anime in addition to engaging in swordplay and martial arts training. He is also learning Japanese so that he can portray Luffy’s voice and demeanor with accuracy.
Roronoa Zoro will be played by Mackenyu Arata, better known Mononymously as Mackenyu, a 26-year-old Japanese-American actor. He is the son of actor and martial artist Sonny Chiba. Mackenyu rose to fame after portraying Arata Wataya in the Chihayafuru live-action trilogy in 2016, which earned him the 40th Japan Academy Newcomers of the Year Award in 2017. He has since portrayed characters in many other adaptations of popular manga series, including JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I (2017), Tokyo Ghoul S (2019), the villain Yukishiro Enishi in Rurouni Kenshin: The Final (2021), and the protagonist Pegasus Seiya in Knights of the Zodiac.
Mackenyu was born to Tamami and Sonny Chiba in Los Angeles, California. When he made his acting debut in the 2009 movie Crows Zero II at the age of 15, he did it in Japan. In order to further his acting studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, he relocated to the US in 2011.
Nami will be played by Emily Ellen Rudd, a 30-year-old American actress. She is most known for playing Cindy Berman in the Fear Street trilogy of Netflix horror movies. On February 24, 1993, Rudd was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2018, she made her acting debut with roles in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and the Amazon anthology series The Romanoffs. She played Cindy Berman, an adolescent on the hunt for a serial killer, in the Fear Street trilogy in 2021. She also had a recurring role in the Hunters series on Amazon Prime Video.
In the acting world, Rudd is a rising talent. She is renowned for her talent, beauty, and adaptability. She will undoubtedly have a fruitful and protracted career in the years to come.
Sanji will be played by Taz Skylar, a 27-year-old British actor who is best known for his role as Sanji in the upcoming Netflix live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series One Piece. He was born in the Canary Islands, Spain, on December 5, 1995. In the 2016 television shows The Lazarus Project and The Deal, he made his acting debut. Since then, he has made appearances in a variety of movies and television shows, such as Dead Silent (2022), Agatha Raisin (2022), and Boiling Point (2021).
Skylar has a second job as a musician in addition to acting. He has a lot of songs and albums out, and he plays the guitar and keyboard. Additionally, he represents several fashion and lifestyle companies as a brand ambassador. He has a lot to give and is a multifaceted person. He is a gifted musician, actor, and brand representative. He’s also a rising celebrity in the entertainment business; therefore, big things are to come for him.
Usopp will be played by Jacob Romero Gibson, a 27-year-old Jamaican-born American actor who is best known for his role as Usopp in the upcoming Netflix
live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series One Piece. Gibson is a gifted performer who has a promising future. He is well-known for his charm, excellent looks, and versatility in the acting world. He also has dancing experience, which will help him in his role as Usopp, an acrobat and expert marksman.
Gibson has a music career in addition to his acting career. He has a lot of songs and albums out and plays the guitar and keyboard. Additionally, he represents several fashion and lifestyle companies as a brand ambassador. Gibson is a multifaceted person with plenty to give. He is a gifted musician, actor, and brand representative. He’s also a rising celebrity in the entertainment business; therefore, big things are to come for him.
Shanks will be played by Peter Gadiot, a 38-year-old British-Mexican actor. He is best known for his roles as Cyrus in the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013–2014), James Valdez in the USA Network crime drama Queen of the South (2016–2018), and Adam in the Showtime thriller series Yellowjackets (2022). Gadiot is a gifted performer who has a promising career. He is well-known for his attractiveness, charm, and versatility as an actor. He is also a skilled martial artist, which will be useful for his portrayal of Shanks, a formidable swordsman.
Gadiot was created by a Dutch father and a Mexican mother in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England. He was raised in both London and Mexico City. He received classical training at the Drama Centre London, and he has performed on several stages. His previous work includes MTV’s Hot Mess, the British television series My Spy Family (2010), and the 2010 horror movie 13Hrs, also known as Night Wolf. As Cyrus, the dashing and enigmatic Genie, in ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Gadiot made his network television debut in the United States in 2013. Gadiot and Léa Seydoux co-starred in Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola’s short film (campaign) Prada: Candy, which was created to promote the perfume Prada Candy L’Eau.
Other important cast members with their respective characters are:
Colton Osorio as Young Luffy
Morgan Davies as Koby
Steven Ward as Dracule Mihawk
Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida
Aidan Scott as Helmeppo
Jeff Ward as Buggy
Vincent Regan as Monkey D. Garp
McKinley Belcher as Arlong
Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff
Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore
Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan
Celeste Loots as Kaya
Chioma Umeala as Nojiko
While you wait for the live-action adaptation, head to Netflix, search for One Piece in the upcoming section, and hit the “Remind Me” button to get a notification once the show becomes available to stream.