Knowing Mackenyu, The Cast of Roronoa Zoro in Netflix’s Live-Action Series “One Piece”

Netflix has revealed their main cast for the upcoming live-action series One Piece. They introduced the cast for Straw Hat Pirates crewmate and Mackenyu will play as Roronoa Zoro in the series. Who is Mackenyu exactly?  

Mackenyu Arata

Mackenyu Arata is an American-Japanese actor who has starred in numerous Japanese series and films. His hard work has paid off several awards too. He won the best supporting actor category in the Asians On Film Festival 2015 when starring in the short movie Tadaima as George. Tadaima is a short children’s film about a struggle of a family after World War II in Japan, and he nailed his role on his debut.

 He also starred in the Chihayafuru live-action trilogy as Wataya Arata which led him to another award. After being nominated for various awards, Mackenyu became Newcomer of the Year in the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize in 2017.


Rurouni Kenshin: The Final, live-action of Rurouni Kenshin, is one of his latest movies of the year, released in June 2021. He played Enishi Yukishiro, the last villain who was taking revenge on Kenshin.


Besides Chihayafuru and Rurouni Kenshin, Mackenyu also starred in a few live-action of popular anime and manga series such as Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Tokyo Ghoul, and Kaiji. He is also confirmed as Pegasus Seiya in the upcoming live-action of famous Japanese animation Saint Seiya.

In 2020, Mackenyu decided to leave his agency in Japan to continue his journey on the global scene and the One Piece live-action series will be his starting point. Before being confirmed as One Piece live-action series’ cast, which is western series, Mackenyu has gone to the Hollywood box office through Pacific Rim: Uprising as Cadet Ryoichi, the sequel of American sci-fi monster film Pacific Rim in 2013.


In this upcoming series, Mackenyu will play as Roronoa Zoro, a Pirate Hunter and the first crewmate of Monkey D. Luffy’s Straw Hat Pirates. He will join the team together with Inaki Godoy (Monkey D. Luffy), Taz Skylar (Sanji), Emily Rudd (Nami), and Jacob Romero Gibson (Usopp).

The release date of the series has not been confirmed yet, but it is coming in 2022.

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