Netflix’s One Piece cast and crew celebrate the manga’s 25th Anniversary with a special message

Netfli's One piece live-action poster.
Netflix’s One piece live-action poster. Pic credit: Crunchyroll

The cast and crew of Netflix’s One Piece have sent a special message to help Eiichiro Oda celebrate the manga’s landmark 25th anniversary as the live-action series premiere of One Piece on Netflix approaches!

The manga was first published in 1997 by Oda in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. As a result, the franchise is going all out this summer with not only the return of the manga for its concluding saga but also a brand-new feature film hitting theaters later this year and a new live-action series adaptation with Netflix. The extent of what lies ahead is just beginning to be explored.

One piece live action crew manga 25th-anniversary video

The new video was first shown as a part of the Livestream for One Piece Day, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of the first chapter of One Piece. The showrunner of the live-action adaptation, Steve Maeda (The X-Files), introduces the video by talking about his favorite character, Usopp, who he claims is the most sympathetic in the entire series.

Trafalgar Law is the favorite character of fellow showrunner Matt Owens (The Defenders), who also created the series. Owens explained, “He has the coolest power, and like the other One Piece key characters, he has a tragic past. These poor kids have been through such a lot.”

The navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates has always been Emily Rudd (Fear Street), who will play Nami in Netflix’s revival, and she assures viewers that this was true even before she was given the part. Check out the special video below:

Sadly, as of this writing, Netflix has not decided on a premiere date or window for their new One Piece live-action series. Eiichiro Oda, the original series creator, has been involved in the production; showrunner, producer, and writer Steven Maeda; and executive producer Matt Owens.

Members of the cast include Inaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, Taz Skylar as Sanji, and Morgan Davies as Koby. Also, Alvida is portrayed by Ilia Isorel’s Paulino, and Helmeppo is portrayed by Aidan Scott. Jeff Ward as Buggy, Arlong is portrayed by McKinley Belcher III, Garp by Vincent Regan, Shanks by Peter Gadiot, Fullbody by Jean Henry, Nojiko by Chioma Umeala, Kaya by Celeste Zoots, Captain Morgan by Langley Kirkwood, and Klahadore by Alexander Mantis.

Netflix’s live-action new cast member

Along with the anniversary video, Netflix also revealed a new cast member: Colton Osorio, a young actor best known for his work on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, will play the young Monkey D. Luffy. Osorio is one of many new cast members Netflix has introduced this year, along with Mihawk (Steven Ward from The Day We Didn’t Meet) and Chef Zeff (Craig Fairbrass from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare).

Colton Osorio is cast as Young Luffy, in Netflix's One Piece.
Colton Osorio was cast as Young Luffy. Pic credit: Netflix

In Cape Town, South Africa, live-action One Piece is presently being filmed. Netflix has yet to release any actual footage from the series, but the streaming service has made several behind-the-scenes videos of the eagerly awaited adaptation available. One of these videos takes viewers on a detailed tour of the sets for its pirate ships, which include full-scale replicas of the Going Merry, the Straw Hats’ iconic original ship, as well as the Baratie and Iron Mace Alvida’s flagship, the Miss Love Duck.

Are you anxiously awaiting the new One Piece live-action series on Netflix? What do you anticipate from this franchise’s take? Share your opinions about it in the comments section.

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