Netflix has just unveiled the cast of its next live-action adaptation of an iconic manga. We are obviously talking about “One Piece”, which will therefore be adapted into live shots by the streaming giant …
One piece : an emblematic work of the manga
In 1997, Eiichirō Oda creates one of the most iconic shonen. Indeed, he imagines the adventures of Luffy, a pirate like no other, who travels the seas in search of an ancient treasure, the One Piece, in order to become the next pirate king. Helped by his crew, and his elastic powers, Luffy is at the center of these adventures, still in the works. The manga was obviously derived as an anime, which currently contains 998 episodes.
One piece is also the best-selling manga in the world, with more than 490 million copies in circulation in July 2021, even exceeding Dragon ball. In Japan, the total circulation of the volumes of One piece amounts to 400 million copies. Each volume ranking first as soon as it is released. The record is held by volume 67 which has sold over 4.05 million copies. In France, the series became leader in 2011 and sold at 25 million copies since its release.
Netflix’s false good ideas
Netflix, after trashing Death Note, does not intend to stop there with the manga adaptations. Indeed, while the platform is about to release a live action series of Cowboy Bebop, this will also be the case for One piece. The show, expected in 2022 on the platform, will be headed by Steven Maeda. The latter recently revealed that his series will focus on the East Blue arc.
Last Tuesday, Netflix posted a video on its Twitter account for formalize the casting of the series. Each of the young actors introduces himself quickly and reveals which character he will play. Thus, Iñaki Godoy will play the main role of Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu Arata will play Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd will play Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson will play Usopp, while Taz Skylar has been chosen to play Sanji.
Produced by Tomorrow Studios and original publisher Shueisha, One piece can also count on the participation of the original creator Eiichirō Oda attached as executive producer. The latter has also recently affirmed that this cast was selected following an intensive and large-scale research. He also insisted that this new adaptation of the cult manga is still far from over. And that the fans will have to wait a little longer. We just hope that this version of One piece and the one at Cowboy Bebop will manage to reconcile manga fans with live action adaptations. But it’s clearly not won …