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Netflix One Piece Live-Action Series Begins Filming

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Netflix confirmed that its live-action adaptation of One Piece has begun production. A tweet from the Netflix Geeked account showed off photos of the cast and crew heading to the set. Netflix first announced its plans to create a One Piece adaptation back in 2017, but development took a while. The previous major announcement concerning the series was a confirmation of the official cast list back in November 2021.

The photos showed actress Emily Rudd (who plays Nami) as well as from-behind shots of Jacob Romero Gibson (who plays Usopp), Taz Skylar (who plays Sanji), and Iñaki Godoy (who plays Luffy). Mackenyu was not pictured, but will play Zoro. Set chairs for executive producers Matt Owens (who is writing the series) and Steve Maeda were also shown. One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda is also an executive producer.

According to comments from the initial announcement, the series will begin based on the East Blue story arc, and move outward from that point. East Blue is the introductory arc, and sees aspiring pirate Luffy first setting off for the Grand Line and meeting his crewmates Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji. Tomorrow Studios, the same studio that produced the live-action Cowboy Bebop series adaptation, is handling One Piece. Though the Netflix series has only just begun production, the anime adaptation aired its 1,000th episode in November 2021, while the source manga published its thousandth chapter in early 2021. An upcoming film, One Piece Film Red, is also scheduled for an August 2022 premiere.

One Piece can be read on Shonen Jump and watched on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.