The highly popular manga and anime franchise is the only remaining series of the “Big Three”, a term coined to the most popular running series during the mid-2000s, sometimes referred to as the golden age of anime. It’s also one of the longest-running Japanese comics ever—going strong for almost 25 years. As of 2021, it’s the best-selling manage series in history, so it’s no surprise that Netflix has secured the rights to make a live-action adaptation.
Netflix revealed the cast of five of the main roles. Iñaki Godoy will be playing the titular role of Monkey D. Luffy, the captain of the Straw Hat pirates. Mackenyu will be taking on the role of Roronoa Zoro while Emily Rudd clinched Nami’s role. Jacob Romero Gibson will play Usopp and finally, Taz Skylar will play Sanji.
Godoy is a Mexican actor well-known for Who Killed Sara while Japanese actor, Mackenyu is already known for taking on roles in Japanese live-action adaptations such as Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Chapter. Emily Rudd is best known for Hunters and was recently in Netflix’s Fear Street.
Meanwhile, Jacob Romero Gibson turned heads with his performance in Greenleaf and All Rise while Taz Skylar made his mark in Boiling Point and Villain.
In addition to the cast members, Netflix also shared a special note from One Piece creator, Eiichiro Oda about the development of the 10-episode series. “We’ve been working with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios on the massive project that is the Hollywood live-action series adaptation of One Piece! How many years has it been since it was announced, right? I know, I know! But rest assured we’ve been making steady progress all along,” says Oda.