One Piece Live-Action series is one of the most successful live-action adaptations in Anime history.
The most awaited Live Action managed to secure its position as the top 1 in over 80 countries for an extended period of time, even surpassing the recent successful Netflix bangers like Stranger Things and Wednesday.
However, making it this successful didn’t come without great difficulties. For instance, for casting the main character for One Piece LA, the casting team had to go through hundreds of actors before they finally found the one fit for the role.
The Deputy CEO of Netflix, Ted Sarandos stated that casting Iñaki Godoy as Luffy in the One Piece Live-Action series was the most difficult challenge.
Biggest challenge In One Piece Live Action
Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarantos was part of the Q & A session regarding the results of the third quarter performance of Netflix in the year 2023.
He commented not only on the recent crackdown on account sharing, price increases, and the new subscriber numbers but also on One Piece Live-Action, the most successful series of the past quarter.
He went on to mention that, finding the perfect casting for Eiichiro Oda’s Monkey. D Luffy was the greatest challenge Netflix has ever faced.
He further added, that the best person for the role was right under our nose all this time in the form of Iñaki Godoy, after all, he comes from our own talent factory, and played a supporting role in the series, Who Murdered Sara?
Although Iñaki Godoy was an already established actor in the industry, with a role as big and iconic as Luffy, he became a global star, and quite rightly so. Iñaki’s portrayal of Luffy was received very positively by both fans and critics alike.
Eiichiro Oda, the Mangaka of the Iconic One Piece series himself approved and liked Iñaki Godoy as Luffy, and this probably is the highest praise any actor playing any kind of role in the One Piece LA series could get.
Since One Piece Live Action was received so well and positively, fans are looking forward to more. There have already been demands for more seasons.
No wonder the executive producers on Netflix are already thinking about the next seasons. The second season has also been rumored to be confirmed.
The first Season of OP Live Action consists of eight episodes, each having a runtime of 45-60 minutes. The series was adapted by Tomorrow Studios, a collaboration between ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein.