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Netflix is currently developing a live-action One Piece series for its streaming service, this is the first time Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates are getting a TV series in North America. Although a release date remains under wraps, several cast and crew members took the opportunity to post letters to fans and those they worked with during filming. A recent Filmmakers Academy breakdown reveals that the series won’t look like a “carbon copy” of the original anime franchise.
Nicole Hirsch Whitaker is the cinematographer for the upcoming tale reimagining the early adventures of Luffy and his crew, as the series seeks to adapt the East Blue saga from the early stories of One Piece manga and anime. Eiichiro Oda has spent decades fleshing out the Grand Line universe and fans might rejoice that Whitaker has gone the distance watching all thousand episodes and more. One Piece anime to better understand the world of swashbuckling. As explained in the article exploring Whitaker’s skills and career, the cinematographer and director want the upcoming adaptation to “stand out on its own and not just be a carbon copy of the anime.” .
Whitaker had this to say in the Filmmakers Academy breakdown:
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“There will always be fans and critics. You can’t please everyone, but deep down the most important thing is the story. And if the story isn’t there, and it doesn’t appeal to viewers, it isn’t. It doesn’t matter what you do. We can only hope that we will gain a new audience and people who will find it fascinating and interesting.
So far, Netflix has revealed several actors who will help bring this live-action adaptation to life, though fans have yet to get a glimpse of what said actors will look like in their respective roles. If you don’t know the actors who will play the heroes and villains of One Piece, the list will include 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 Game Helmeppo, Jeff Ward as Buggy, McKinley Belcher III as Arlong, Vincent Regan as Garp, Peter Gadiot as Shanks, and Jean Henry as Fullbody.