Chadwick Boseman to play Yasuke, the first African Samurai in Japan


There was an update regarding this film it has been canceled due to the passing of Actor Chadwick Boseman.

Deadline recently reported that Chadwick Boseman is set to play Yasuke, the first African to become a Samurai. Erik Feig’s Picturestart has teamed with Mike De Luca and his De Luca Productions banner, Stephen L’Heureux and his Solipsist banner, and Boseman and Logan Coles’ X●ception Content to produce the film adaptation of the story of Yasuke, who served under Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in 16th century Japan.

Yasuke was a native of Portuguese Mozambique who was brought to Japan as a slave to Jesuit missionaries. The first black man to set foot on Japanese soil, Yasuke’s 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.

Oda Nobunaga was a ruthless warlord in the 16th Century during the late Sengoku Period, during the Reign he successfully controlled most of Honshu Japan. He was regarded as one of the three unifiers of Japan along with his retainers, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu. But later in life, he became known to become even more brutal in his reign by suppression of determined opponents, eliminating those who by principle refused to cooperate or yield to his demands. His reign was noted for innovative military tactics, fostering free trade, and encouraging the start of the Momoyama historical art period. ~Red


The script will be written by Co-Creator of Narcos (Netflix Series), Doug Miro continues to write and exec produce alongside co-creator Carlo Bernard and showrunner Eric Newman. Meanwhile, Chadwick Boseman had this to say about portraying Yasuke:

“The legend of Yasuke is one of history’s best-kept secrets, the only person of non-Asian origin to become a Samurai, That’s not just an action movie, that’s a cultural event, an exchange, and I am excited to be part of it.”

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick is no stranger in portraying Historical Figures; In the film 42, he starred as Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball player who played in Major League Baseball in the Modern Era. The film Marshall starred as Thurgood Marshall; Then the film titled Get on Up, he starred as The Godfather of Soul James Brown. His next film will be STX’s 21 Bridges, which he and Coles also produced along with The Russo Brothers.

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