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He also listed everyone’s ethnicities, or counterparts to them, like Luffy being Brazilian or Nami being Swedish. So if you got someone like say, Anna Diop (not bashing her, using an example) to play Nami, not only would the fans react in their usual restrained, nuanced manner, Oda would be asking what gives.
I'm reasonably sure Usopp and maybe Brook are supposed to be black. Oda said Usopp was from *sigh* "the country of Africa."
Yeah but if live-action Usopp was black their would probably be a lot of complaining.
At least if he is, they can say “Oda flat out said he was”.
And I don’t think people would have an issue with Ussop being black, while people would be calling for blood if Nami or Robin were.
Brook would either be CG or some insanely detailed prosethics.
Edited by Beatman1 on Mar 12th 2019 at 4:42:27 AM
It's also a continent if you're a geographer
And maybe Chopper and the animals can be CGI (like The Lord of the Rings) or be played by puppeteers (think Jim Henson and the Muppets).
Also Tomorrow Studios might make the cast announcements at Comic Con. You never know what might happen.
Edited by gjjones on Mar 12th 2019 at 4:45:19 AM
Oooof Usopp being the only black guy, yeah that would be bad considering he's one of the most cartoony of the Straw Hats.
I can imagine Luffy played by someone with a darker skin-tone.
Edited by slimcoder on Mar 12th 2019 at 1:59:49 AM
It really would, wouldn't it?
Well, Usopp is also one of the Strawhats with most depth and development
He's still one of the series biggest sources of Comic Relief & he generally acts like a buffoon even after all that Character Development.
Edited by slimcoder on Mar 12th 2019 at 2:34:19 AM
I think a South American lead like Luffy is canonically can mitigate that sting somewhat. It’s the token that’s a problem.
Edited by Beatman1 on Mar 12th 2019 at 5:32:51 AM
In fairness, everyone acts like a buffon, though I can understand the problems some people might have
Edited by fishysaur on Mar 12th 2019 at 2:56:36 AM
Yep, and given that, maybe Anthony González (the voice of Miguel in Coco), Gui Inacio or even Andrew Matarazzo could play Luffy.
Edited by gjjones on Mar 12th 2019 at 7:25:35 AM
A South American Luffy as the lead would be pretty cool, though a black Usopp would have one or two problems even ignoring his role as comic relief. His drawn design would probably come off as flat-out racist if you showed him to someone and told them he was supposed to be African, and a black live-action actor would make it really hard to ignore his drawn design's Unfortunate Implications. As-is, his skin is pale enough that it's not obvious what race he's supposed to be (which is its own problem).
Edited by PushoverMediaCritic on Mar 12th 2019 at 6:35:59 AM
IMO Usopp is likely mixed-race as his mother seems to be white.
Hmm, I'm guessing Mena Massoud, Rami Malek or Dev Patel could play Usopp. And maybe Tom Felton, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Tom Hiddleston or Ben Hardy could play Sanji.
Don’t know if you’re getting Hiddleston, even at the rumored $9 million an episode budget.
Maybe Hiddleston might not work. Zoro might be played by Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal, Shin Koyamada, Win Morisaki, Miyavi or Tadanobu Asano. Also, I'm guessing that some of the Straw Hats would be cast with relative unknowns, like with what happened in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. For the Baroque Works agents, Mr. 5 could be played by Ahmed Best or some other famous actor.
And given the visual effects (i.e. the Sea Kings, Devil Fruits) and possible blue-screen/green-screen for the ship sequences (i.e. the Going Merry, Shanks's ship, Luffy's rowboat at the beginning of the series, etc.), filming locations might include Fox Studios Australia, Pinewood Studios, etc.
I could be wrong though.
Edited by gjjones on Mar 12th 2019 at 12:53:14 PM
If the show's just going to be a straight adapatation of One Piece from the start, there are worse properties they could tackle. The locations in the East Blue tend to be fairly grounded and realistic, with the wackiest location being the Baratie, which is just a boat crossed with a restaurant, or maybe Arlong Tower, but not a lot actually happens in the tower itself.
It's not until they get to the Grand Line that they start running into islands and locations that would be hard to recreate in live-action.
Edited by PushoverMediaCritic on Mar 12th 2019 at 9:52:11 AM
The show could also adapt the cover stories featured in the manga. After all, Sugita and Naito both mentioned the as-of-yet unnamed writer for the adaptation came up with some ideas that even impressed Oda. I can agree that the locations after the East Blue saga would be hard to recreate in live-action. When the Straw Hats get to the Grand Line, it could be where the visual effects or additional global locations (i.e. Morocco, Spain, Egypt, Australia or the United Arab Emirates for Alabasta; Iceland, Germany, Italy or Switzerland for Drum Island; Italy for Water 7; Australia, Hawaii or New Zealand for Little Garden or Skypiea; South America for Skypiea; and so on) may come into place. Just a thought.
Anyway, regarding the music for the adaptation, I'm guessing that a famous composer will adapt some of the original anime's music and songs (yes, that includes "We Are!") in addition to writing their own scores. Maybe Michael Giacchino, John Powell, Brian Tyler, David Newman, Randy Newman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Alan Silvestri, Ramin Djawadi, Hans Zimmer, Joseph LoDuca, Junkie XL or even Danny Elfman would work?
Edited by gjjones on Mar 12th 2019 at 2:07:05 PM
Of course, this is all assuming that it won't be complete garbage. Alita may have broken the curse, but we've all been burned too many times before to go into this with any naivete.
Yeah, that's also what I was thinking.
Edited by gjjones on Mar 12th 2019 at 2:13:45 PM
Netflix also doesn't have the best track record with live-action anime, what with Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Mob Psycho 100.
That's understandable. By the way, I've got a feeling that the Netflix description may turn out to be different when Tomorrow Studios will announce which channel or streaming service One Piece would be on. They could use the "King of the Pirates" terminology present in all English versions.
I wonder: when and where will the announcement be made? Maybe at SDCC or something later this year? Only time will tell at this point.
Edited by gjjones on Mar 12th 2019 at 2:19:00 PM
That specific terminology is probably the least of my concerns with the show.
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