The 'One Piece' Showrunner Wants Jamie Lee Curtis to Join Season 2

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'One Piece' Season 2 Wants Jamie Lee CurtisCasey Crafford - Netflix

When Netflix subscribers boot up One Piece, they'll witness some of the wackiest stories ever to hit the streamer. Luffy's world is an ocean full of pirates, outlandish creatures, and some of the silliest superpowers ever created. Still, underneath all that craziness is a story about friendship and standing against anyone who threatens to squash your dreams. Even if you can't fall in love with the buffoonery, the show's themes are sure to tug at your heartstrings.

That's certainly what Netflix was hoping for with its adaptation of One Piece, which currently holds the record for the best-selling manga of all time by a long shot. Hell, even the anime exceeds over 1,000 episodes. With such a dedicated fanbase, the series went viral on TikTok and was officially renewed for a second season. The fans made it happen—and one unlikely celebrity viewer was especially delighted.

If you follow Jamie Lee Curtis on social media, you already know that the Everything Everywhere All at Once star is a massive One Piece fan. On multiple occasions, Curtis has expressed her desire to play Dr. Kureha—the mentor of a future crew member—and now, it might actually become a reality. “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," Curtis not-so-subtly wrote on Instagram just a week ago.

Showrunner Matt Owens took note. He recently told Deadline that he sent her a figure of Dr. Kureha after her Oscars win with a note that read, "Congratulations on your statue, here’s another one to put next to it. Hope to speak to you soon." Of course, the SAG-AFTRA strike is halting any actual conversation between the two. But, this sounds like a done deal. "We’re trying to manifest it," Owens said, adding that he's currently writing the character with Curtis in mind. "I will take her out to dinner, we’ll talk about it," he continued. "We’ll do all of it because at this point we’re writing for her—we really, really want her to come and play with us in Season Two." Until then, stick with us below.

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Newcomer Iñaki Godoy stars as Monkey D. Luffy, the popular manga hero finally brought to life.CASEY CRAFFORD/NETFLIX - Netflix

What Will Happen in Season Two?

The first season of One Piece covered an ambitious amount of material—tackling 100 chapters in just eight episodes. At that pace, Season Two will most likely adapt the next arc of the story up to around Chapter 218. Next up for Luffy and friends is an island of giants, the search for a doctor to join the crew, and the fight against a criminal organization of bounty hunters threatening to destabilize the desert nation of Arabasta. It's one of the best arcs in One Piece, and the first to really establish the journey moving forward. Oh, and there's a cute little talking reindeer character named Chopper.

According to Variety, the scripts for a potential Season Two are already ready to go. Though production is stalled due to the strike, Adelstein told Deadline that they, "have hopes for 12 seasons." With over 1,080 chapters (and roughly only 100 covered so far), the source material is definitely there. "We have plans with [showrunner] Matt Owens for how we would break multiple seasons, and I think even if we did six seasons, we would probably only use up half of the chapters of the manga," Adelstein continued. "It really could go on and on and on."

Studio president Becky Clements also revealed that more episodes could arrive just a year's out from any strike-ending negotiations. “Somewhere between a year and 18 months, we could be ready for air," Clements told Variety. "In our subsequent calls post-launch, we have been told that we have exceeded expectations, which is also fantastic." Season Two is now ready to go. Please Netflix, just make Chopper cute!

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