Jamie Lee Curtis has come out as an unlikely Shonen anime fan. The Knives Out actor has made it very clear that she wants to be a part of the upcoming Netflix live-action adaptation of the legendary anime series One Piece, and didn’t hesitate to name drop exactly who she wants to play if given the chance.
Originally a late ’90s manga series from the mind of Eiichiro Oda, One Piece is one of the longest running anime series of all time and beloved by fans around the world. It was announced in mid-2017 that Weekly Shōnen Jump would partner with Tomorrow Studios for an American live-action adaptation of the anime series (with Oda joining the project as an executive producer, and Netflix acquiring the rights in 2020).
Although she is known for being in the iconic slasher film series Halloween, Curtis couldn’t have been more vocal about her interest in the series and the role of one particular character. During The Oscars red carpet, she was stopped by TikTok film commentator/creator, Julian Green, AKA Juju (@strawhatgoofy) and asked about their shared love of anime. When Curtis expressed interest in the Netflix project, Juju couldn’t help but ask who she would play.
“I’m not gonna get to play [Nico Robin], I’m a little old now. But there’s that old crone lady, not Nico Robin, [Kureha]. Maybe I can be Kureha, she wears those really low bellbottoms, she’s looking a little nasty, but she has that long stringy gray hair. My Ruby said that would be what I would play.”
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the character, Kureha is well-known for being the eccentric doctor (operating on Drum Island), who is on-and-off referred to as a witch—due in part to her forceful methods of medical practice, hermit-like personality, and the fact that she is 141 years old. The One Piece character was first introduced to the manga series in chapter 134, and despite her incredibly odd disposition, she is considered to be the adoptive mother and mentor of Tony Tony Chopper, a member of the Straw Hat Pirates.
The cast list for the upcoming Netflix live-action adaptation has been in flux with only a handful of roles being occupied. The cast includes Iñaki Godoy as Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji.
There is no official premiere date announcement at this time, but you can watch the OG One Piece on Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.
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