Netflix has finally lifted the curtain on its long-anticipated live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s renowned manga series, “One Piece”. The streaming giant unveiled the first teaser trailer during its Tudum 2023 event this Saturday, along with the announcement of the series’ premiere date on August 31.
The original creator, Eiichiro Oda, who is not only lending his creative talents as an executive producer but also ensuring the integrity of the adaptation, confirmed in May that the series would not hit the screens until he was thoroughly satisfied with the results. Oda stressed the cohesive and harmonious efforts of all entities involved, thereby ensuring the faithful representation of his work. In a significant update, Oda also clarified that the first season of the series will contain eight episodes, not the ten as initially reported.
The COPE is over it’s finally here! Welcome to the world of the ONE PIECE live action. We can’t wait for you to meet our Straw Hat crew. Eiichiro Oda’s epic masterpiece is about to come to life like never before! ONE PIECE sets sail on Augusts 31st. #TUDUM pic.twitter.com/c1S1LM8Z94— ONE PIECE(ワンピース) Netflix (@onepiecenetflix) June 17, 2023
The stellar ensemble cast is as follows:
- Inaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy
- Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro
- Emily Rudd as Nami
- Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp
- Taz Skylar as Sanji
- Morgan Davies as Koby
- Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida
- Aidan Scott as Helmeppo
- McKinley Belcher III as Arlong
- Vincent Regan as Garp
- Peter Gadiot as Shanks
- Alexander Maniatis as Klahadore
- Steven Ward as Mihawk
- Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff
- Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan
- Celeste Loots as Kaya
- Chioma Umeala as Nojiko
- Colton Osorio as Young Monkey D. Luffy
With the series’ exclusive streaming rights, Netflix is looking to capture a considerable share of the international anime fan base.
Tomorrow Studios, a collaboration between renowned producer Marty Adelstein (known for Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and ITV Studios, is helming the production of this live-action series. The narrative arc is entrusted to Matt Owens, known for his work on “Luke Cage” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, while Steven Maeda and Becky Clements are serving as executive producers.
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During a video message shared at Jump Festa in 2017, Adelstein revealed that the live-action adaptation of the beloved manga would kick off with the East Blue arc, with plans to expand further. After personal discussions with Oda, Adelstein promised fans a series that would reflect the true essence of “One Piece”. The announcement signals an exciting time for “One Piece” fans, who are eagerly awaiting the adaptation to set sail.
Source: One Piece Live Action’s Twitter account