Written by: Jayson Beltrano
Published on: November 10, 2021 at 8:50 PHT (GMT+8)
The cast playing the Straw Hat Pirates crew of Netflix's previously-announced live-action series adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's popular ONE PIECE manga has been introduced on Wednesday.
The main cast includes:
Inaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy
Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro
Emily Rudd as Nami
Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp
Taz Skylar as Sanji
Through an illustration message, Oda, the creator himself told that the cast was decided after numerous discussions making sure that each character will be portrayed as similar as possible to his characters.
"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!" - Eiichiro Oda
Read the full statement: https://twitter.com/Eiichiro_Staff/status/1458193547706789889
A video greeting of the cast members were also released.
The premiere date of the live-action series project is yet to be revealed.
Last September, Netflix has revealed the logo and first page of the script for the live-action drama series adaption of Eiichiro Oda's ONE PIECE.
The tentative title of the first episode is ROMANCE DAWN. The drama is slated for a total of 10 episodes.
The manga creator himself, Oda, is participating in this film as an executive producer. Other executive producers include Matt Owens of Marvel's "The Defenders," Steven Maeda of "Lost," Marty Adelstein of "Prison Break," and Becky Clements of "Aquarius: Detective Sam Hodiak. Owens is also in charge of screenplay.
About ONE PIECE
ONE PIECE is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It began serialization in July 1997 under Shueisha's shounen manga magazine Weekly Shounen Jump and continues to this day. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next King of the Pirates.
The manga is one of the best-selling series in history, having broken publishing records. In 2015, ONE PIECE set the Guinness World Record for "the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author." As of July 2021, the manga had over 490 million copies in circulation in 58 countries and regions worldwide. It was adapted into an anime series by production company Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999.