Live-Action One Piece Actor Shows Off His Sanji Kicks

Taz Skylar, who will play the role of the fighting chef Sanji in the upcoming live-action One Piece series, reveals that he hasn't been skipping leg day.

Skylar posted a short clip to his Instagram Stories, which shows the actor practicing a wide variety of different styles of kicks. Skylar will portray the Straw Hat Pirates' cook, Sanji, who specializes in the unique "Black Leg Style" of fighting, which involves the tea-loving pirate primarily attacking using a flurry of powerful kicks while only using his hands to pull off acrobatic maneuvers such as handstands and spins.

Skylar was one of the five actors that Netflix has confirmed for its live-action reboot of One Piece. The series will also star Go, Youth! and Who Killed Sara?'s Iñaki Godoy as the stretchy protagonist Monkey D. Luffy, alongside Sonny Chiba's son, Mackenyu (Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter, ChihayafuruPacific Rim: Uprising) as the swordsman Roronoa Zoro. Emily Rudd (Fear Street, Hunters) will portray the team's greedy navigator, Nami and Jacob Romero Gibson (Greenleaf, All Rise) will play the role of Usopp.

Steve Maeda (Lost, X-Files) and Matt Owens (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will serve as the series' writers and showrunners. One Piece's original creator, Eiichiro Oda, will serve as an executive producer for the live-action adaptation. Oda is also known for being heavily involved with the production of the anime adaptation of his manga, and it appears he will be similarly entrenched in Netflix's new reimagining of his work. "How many years has it been since it was announced, right? I know, I know! But rest assured we've been making steady progress all along. It's not easy when you’re working with people from different cultures!," Oda said following the show's cast announcement. "But it's precisely that process that can yield something special! We decided on this cast after numerous discussions involving people around the world! These are the people who will be our Straw Hat Pirates! It'll take a bit more time to get this show done, but we'll continue to do our best to deliver a show that we're confident will be enjoyed by everyone around the world!"

Oda's One Piece was originally published 24 years ago. The manga published both its 1000th chapter and its 100th collected volume earlier this year. The anime series, which originally debuted in 1999, will soon air its landmark 1000th episode on Nov. 20. The series has achieved an astounding 490 million copies in circulation worldwide and is the best selling manga series of all time by a substantial margin.

Source: Instagram, via Reddit

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