Jamie Lee Curtis Really Wants to Play Doctor Kureha, And So Does the Team Behind Netflix’s One Piece

Last week, Matt Owens did an interview with Deadline that revealed some interesting bits of information. Since the Writers Strike has officially ended, writing for season 2 has immediately continued, as they had been working on a script before season 1 aired on Netflix. The shutdowns in recent years had given them time to get started on writing for season 2, in case Netflix were to green-light it.

The final scene in the last episode of the live action series was a last minute addition Owens had an idea for, which was approved for shortly before the strike began in May 2nd when he pitched the idea. Matt Owens was able to meet Eiichiro Oda to discuss the final post production details. After the strike began, Owens left the final production and editing phase to his post-production team and the effects team. He was unable to attend premieres or see the final version until it was up on Netflix. Though Owens was no longer involved during the Writers Strike, Oda was still very much involved.

Although there is an actor portraying Marine Captain Smoker in the live action, there has been no official actor chosen to play his character, neither for the other characters who will be introduced in season 2, especially since the SAG-AFTRA strike is still ongoing for the actors.

As soon as the actors strike ends, Owens and team will do as much as they can to get Jamie Lee Curtis to play Doctor Kureha, who happens to be one of her favorite characters in One Piece. Most everyone agrees she would be absolutely perfect for the role in season 2., as her character plays a very important role in the introduction of a new crew member to be introduced in the next season. Curtis has made several comments before indicating how much of a fan she is of One Piece.

Here is a 30-second clip of Jamie Lee Curtis at the San Diego Comic Book Con about 2 years ago, being asked what character she would want to become from any TV show. It’s pretty funny watching the reactions of those with her on the panel having no clue who or what she is talking about, with Curtis all cool and proud about her answer.

About 2 weeks ago, Jamie Lee Curtis put up an Instagram post about her going to lobby to play Doctor Kureha as soon as the actors strike ends, with a fanart drawing of her as the character.

Matt Owens commented a response on her Instagram post with, “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!”

He is referring to a figure of Doctor Kureha that the writers room sent her after she had won her Oscar earlier this year, including a note that said, “Congratulations on your statue, here’s another one to put next to it. Hope to speak to you soon.”

What do you think about Jamie Lee Curtis playing Doctor Kureha? Is it a good choice? Is there someone else who you think would be a better fit? Who you think would be a good choice for Captain Smoker? Let us know in the comments below!

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An independent artist who loves to mix things up between traditional and digital art. She has a love for all things anime, animation, and manga. Oh, and cats. Can't forget the cats.

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