The One Piece live-action Netflix series has officially begun filming in Cape Town, South Africa. Netflix Geeked recently confirmed that the cast were in Cape Town and production was underway. The first season will include ten episodes and detail the first leg of the Straw Hat Pirates’ adventures.
The tweet from Netflix Geeked shows a few key cast members including Emily Rudd who will play Nami, while Jacob Romero Gibson (Usopp), Iñaki Godoy (Monkey D. Luffy), and Taz Skylar (Sanji) are shown in another photo.
Netflix announced their plans to make a live-action One Piece series almost two years ago, and it looks like things are finally moving forward. Last year, Netflix also announced the full main cast which includes all of the above as well as Mackenyu Arata who will play the Pirate Hunter Zoro, though he’s not pictured.
The One Piece manga was created by Eiichiro Oda in 1997, and has since logged over 1000 chapters, making it one of the longest running shounen franchises of all time. The equally successful anime adaptation from Toei Animation has also amassed over 1000 episodes.
One Piece is set in a fantasy world of pirates and follows Monkey D. Luffy, a boy who ingests the Gomu Gomu Devil Fruit which grants him the supernatural powers of turning his entire body into rubber. Luffy aspires to find a mysterious treasure called One Piece left behind by the previous Pirate King Gold Roger, and become the next Pirate King himself.
Luffy acquires his own crew mates over time, including the katana-wielding hunter Zoro, the navigator Nami, the sniper Usopp, and the cook Sanji as they embark on their journey to find One Piece and create a map of the dangerous stretch of ocean called the Grand Line, where One Piece resides according to legend.
Netflix’s One Piece series is currently in production, though doesn’t have a release window yet.
Source: Netflix Geeked