- Fans are campaigning for Jamie Lee Curtis to be cast as Dr. Kureha in the live-action One Piece series on Netflix.
- Curtis’s love for the character Tony Tony Chopper has prompted fans to believe she would be a perfect fit for the role of Kureha.
- Casting a high-profile actor like Curtis could attract a new audience to the series, and her participation in marketing could boost its promotion.
There is officially a fan campaign to see Jamie Lee Curtis cast in Netflix’s live-action One Piece. An adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s manga series, the One Piece show features the story of approximately the first hundred chapters. This is the second major adaptation of Oda’s flagship work after it was turned into an anime series in 1999. The story of Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew attempting to find the mysterious One Piece has since gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon.
After Oscar-winning actor Jamie Lee Curtis announced her love for One Piece season 2 characters Chopper and Dr. Kureha, the online fanbase has latched onto the idea of Curtis playing the latter. Many have taken to Twitter to campaign for her to take the role. Check out their posts below:
@emberjay_ believes that Curtis should be the only high-profile actor in the live-action One Piece series.
@TalkAnimeGA offered an edit of Curtis standing beside Dr. Kureha and asked fellow fans to speak up about the potential casting.
@HLONE303 is begging Netflix to cast Curtis as Kureha for season 2.
@bemiawvelous is shocked that Curtis is a fan of the series and believes that she would “slay” the role.
@ItsFour04 believes that Curtis’ love for One Piece gives her everything she could need to play Kureha.
@MugiwaranoDINO_ imagines Curtis playing an iconic scene featuring Kureha and the to-be-introduced character, Chopper.
@kaido876 thinks that Curtis would truly be the “perfect choice” to play Kureha.
Could Curtis Be The Perfect Kureha?
Dr. Kureha will be an important figure on One Piece, having mentored a member of Luffy’s crew. When Tony Tony Chopper appears in season 2, it will be Kureha who drives him to play a major role in the story. She is an eccentric and excitable character with a very distinct sense of style, and Curtis’ love for Chopper could very well lend itself perfectly to her performance as Dr. Kureha.
In order to perfectly depict Chopper’s story, the producers of the live-action One Piece are going to need to get the casting right. Netflix has succeeded in perfectly casting lesser-known actors for One Piece, including Iñaki Godoy, Mackenyu Arata, and Emily Rudd. Recruiting an Oscar-winning actor in Curtis would be a significant change from Netflix’s previous casting strategies, yet it could potentially work for the series.
Season 1 would have been unable to rely on typical Hollywood marketing strategies regardless, given that the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike has prevented stars from promoting projects. Season 2 could be different, as Curtis would theoretically be able to participate in marketing when the strike comes to an end. Her support of the series could push it to a whole new audience. One thing is certain, however. If Curtis does earn a role in One Piece, those participating in the fan campaign will be ecstatic.
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