If you loved him playing as Black Panther then you might be excited to know that Chadwick Boseman is set to play as an African samurai swinging a sword in Japan in the upcoming movie Yasuke.
“The legend of Yasuke is one of history’s best-kept secrets, the only person of non-Asian origin to become a Samurai,” Boseman said. “That’s not just an action movie, that’s a cultural event, an exchange, and I am excited to be part of it.”
A quick backstory of the character – Yasuke was a native of Portuguese Mozambique who was brought to Japan as a slave to Jesuit missionaries. He is said to be the first black man to set foot on Japanese soil and his arrival aroused the interest of Nobunaga, a ruthless warlord seeking to unite the fractured country under his banner. A complex relationship developed between the two men as Yasuke earned Nobunaga’s friendship, respect — and ultimately, the honor, swords, and title of samurai.
Yasuke is a partnership project of Picturestart, De Luca Productions, Solipsist & X●ception Content. Doug Miro, who co-created the series Narcos, is writing the script for Yasuke.
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