Fans of One Piece have been thrilled by Netflix’s recent announcement of the live-action series being renewed for a second season. What made this news even more special was the way it was delivered.
Netflix didn’t just send out a standard press release. Instead, they treated fans to a message directly from the mind behind One Piece – Eiichiro Oda. It’s an indicator of how closely Oda is working with the Netflix team, ensuring the integrity and vision of his creation are maintained.
However, fans would need to temper their excitement with a dose of patience. As Oda mentioned, the script for the next season is still being prepped. There are new sets to design as the Straw Hats will be embarking on brand-new adventures.
When you add it all up, getting the new season ready could be a waiting game of 12 to 18 months, as confirmed by the live-action producers. There’s a catch, though. These timelines work only if the ongoing Writers Strike concludes soon. Unfortunately, its end doesn’t seem to be on the horizon.
An interesting challenge this adaptation will face over time is the aging of its actors. The One Piece manga and anime have been with us for over twenty years. Yet, in the story’s universe, less than three years have elapsed.
Our beloved characters essentially remain unchanged in their youthful pirate world. But can the live-action series replicate this static timeline? There are murmurs about the producers wanting to churn out six seasons.
If we estimate that each season takes about two years from conception to release, that’s a span of 12 years. By the end of this hypothetical timeline, some Straw Hats would be pushing 40! Curious about how old your favorite characters will be? Let’s dive into the details:
Iñaki Godoy (Luffy)
Iñaki Godoy originates from Mexico and has showcased his acting prowess in various series, including “La Querida del Centauro,” “The Imperfects,” “Who Killed Sara,” and “MexZombies.” He’s earned a reputation for his commendable acting, and many hope to see him portray Luffy for many more years.
Inaki was 18 years old when he was cast in the role of Luffy in One Piece live-action.
Emily Rudd (Nami)
Originating from the US, Emily Rudd catapulted to fame with her portrayal of Cindy Berman in Netflix’s acclaimed horror trilogy, “Fear Street.”
Following this, she appeared in various series, including “Hunters” and “The Romanoffs,” to name a few.
Mackenyu Maeda is a Japanese-American talent. He’s well-known for his roles in “Rurouni Kenshin: The Final” and the “Fullmetal Alchemist” series.
Not limited to Japanese cinema, he’s also made an appearance in Hollywood films like “Pacific Rim: Uprising” and has several upcoming ventures.
Jacob Romero (Usopp)
Hailing from Jamaican-American roots, Jacob Romero has taken on diverse roles throughout his acting journey, including a part in the popular “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Taz Skylar (Sanji)
Taz Skylar has showcased his versatility in a range of movies and TV shows, including notable ones like “Boiling Point” and “The Lazarus Project.”
The inclusion of Chopper in the second season of One Piece’s live-action adaptation is undeniably a formidable challenge for both Netflix and Tomorrow Studios. Season 2 is set to introduce a myriad of pivotal characters, including the beloved Chopper.
While the series’ prospects appear promising, ensuring each character is represented by the perfect actor will be a significant undertaking for Netflix.