Production is officially underway on Netflix’s Hollywood live-action series of Eiichiro Oda‘s One Piece manga. The confirmation came from the streaming site’s “Netflix Geeked” Twitter account on Tuesday. The account also gave behind-the-scenes looks at the cast during a day of filming.
On the previous Sunday, one of the executive producers for the series, Steven Maeda, teased the info through posts on his Twitter account. He implied that filming had begun, showing a keychain of Luffy’s straw hat with the text “The Day of the Beginning…” And another post showed an executive producer chair.
The cast members include the following:
- Inaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy
- Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro
- Emily Rudd as Nami
- Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp
- Taz Skylar as Sanji
The upcoming series will be a Netflix streaming exclusive. The first season is set to have ten episodes. The creator of the original manga, Oda, is serving as an executive producer.
The live-action series is being produced by Tomorrow Studios with a partnership between producer Marty Adelstein (from Prison Break and Teen Wolf) and ITV Studios. Matt Owens, known for his work on Marvel shows such as Luke Cage and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is the show’s writer. Steven Maeda and Becky Clements are executive producers on the show.
In a video at the Jump Festa in 2017, producer Adelstein stated that the live-action Netflix series would start with the first arc of the manga–the East Blue arc–and will “broaden from there.” Adelstein also stated that the new series promised to create “a true One Piece” experience and stated that he had various discussions with Oda personally.
The One Piece manga follows Monkey D. Luffy, an aspiring pirate who, like many other pirates, dreams of claiming the legendary “One Piece” treasure left behind by a legendary pirate.
Oda initially began serializing the original One Piece manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on July 19, 1997. The manga set a Guinness World Record in 2015 for “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.”
The ongoing anime adaptation premiered in 1999. The anime’s 1,000th episode debuted in November 2021. The franchise also has an upcoming anime film coming out, titled One Piece Film Red. The film will release on August 6, 2022.
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