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Jamie Lee Curtis Aims to Play Doctor Kureha in Netflix’s ‘One Piece’

Is Jamie Lee Curtis about to play the role of Doctor Kureha in the second season of One Piece, the acclaimed live-action series on Netflix?

The Oscar-winning actor has often expressed her desire for the part, writing in an Instagram posting earlier this week: “Once the strike against the greed of the AMTPT is settled with a fair contract, I will lobby along with the growing fan frenzy to become Doctor Kureha.”

In response to her posting, Matt Owens, one of One Piece’s showrunners, confirmed that he is looking forward to further discussions with Curtis. He wrote: “Mommy dearest, that’s why we sent you that figure! No need to lobby. Once we get what we deserve and get back to work, let’s talk!”

The One Piece series narrates the saga of Monkey D. Luffey, a pirate who ate a “Devil Fruit” that enabled him to turn his body into rubber. Luffey’s odyssey in search of a legendary treasure takes him and his fellow Straw Hat Pirates across oceans and exotic islands. Dr. Kureha, described by some as a witch doctor, is a 141-year-old character on Drum Island, where she is mentor and adoptive mother to Tony Tony Chopper, a younger doctor.

The cast lineup for the One Piece series already includes the following: Iñaki Godoy as Luffy, Mackenyu Arata as Rorona Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji. They are joined by Peter Gadiot as Shanks, Morgan Davies as Koby, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino as Alvida, Aidan Scott as Helmeppo, Jeff Ward as Buggy, McKinley Belcher III as Arlong, Craig Fairbrass as Chef Zeff, Vincent Regan as Garp, Steven Ward as Mihawk, Langley Kirkwood as Captain Morgan, to name a few.

Steven Maeda serves as the writer for the One Piece live-action series, working with Matt Owens as executive producer/co-showrunner. The producers of the series have told Variety that the scripts for the second season have already been finalized, in the hope that the new episodes would be ready to air once the writers’ strike has been settled. Becky Clements, president of Tomorrow Studios, was quoted as saying: “Realistically, hopefully, a year away, if we move very quickly, and that is a possibility. Somewhere between a year and 18 months, we could be ready for air.”

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Edward Moran
Edward Moran
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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