Netflix announces the cast for their live-action One Piece adaptation

Netflix’s live action One piece adaptation has found its Straw Hat gang, the first major milestone in its quest to adapt one of the most popular and long-running anime ever to another, more meaty streaming hit. Produced in collaboration with Tomorrow Studios (much like the upcoming live action Cowboy Bebop), One piece hopes to win new and old fans with the help of a live cast and the blessing and involvement of manga creator Eiichiro Oda, who acts as Executive Producer on the new show.

Here is the cast, presented via the lyrics to the legendary Pirate Rap:

ME!

Yes-me, yes-me!

Dream! Do not give up, Luffy! (I├▒aki Godoy, from Netflix’s Who killed Sara?)

Dream! Do not give up, Zoro! (Mackenyu, from Pacific Rim: Rebellion)

Dream! Do not give up, Nami! (Emily Rudd, from Fear Street)

Dream!

Do not give it up give up give up give up give up give up give up give up give up give it up!

This is how the story goes, we find out

about a treasure in the Grand Line, there is no doubt

The pirate, whose eye is on it, he will sing

I want to be the King of the Pirates, I will be king!

Ya-me, ya-me, ya-me … oh-ho …

I would like to continue, but there are two other cast members who are not mentioned in Pirate Rap: Usopp, played by Jacob Romero Gibson (All rise) and Sanji, played by Taz Skylar (Villain). I would write a few bars to name them, but to do so would mean spotting one of the few perfect songs, one right up there with Foo Fighters’ “Everlong” and the Fugees cover of “Killing Me Softly With His Song. ”

The stars all seem to be young actors early in their careers, which is good considering it One piece is famously long-running – the manga surpasses 100 volumes this year, and its anime adaptation is, at the time of writing, on the verge of sending its 1,000. episode. Absolutely no live-action series lasts that long – Western Weapon smoke is the densest, with 635 episodes of the root and spout over 20 years – but if the new One piece would give it a run for its money, these pirates would do the job. Ya-yo, ya-yo, amirite?

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