Chadwick Boseman Leaves Wakanda to Play History’s First African Samurai in ‘Yasuke’


Chadwick Boseman, aka Marvel’s Wakandan warrior king in Black Panther, is set to play another heroic fighter in Yasuke, about the first African samurai to wield a sword in Japan, Deadline reports.

“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.”


Yasuke was a Mozambique native (then called Portuguese Mozambique) brought to Japan by force in the mid-1500s and is believed to be the first black man to set foot in Japan. His arrival caught the attention of Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga, who was trying to unite a feuding nation under his banner. The movie is reported to delve into the complex relationship between Yasuke and Nobunaga.

Narcos co-creator Doug Miro is penning the script, with Boseman and Logan Coles’ Xception Content producing alongside Erik Feig’s Picturestart, De Luca Productions, and Stephen L’Heureux’s Solipsist.







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