By: Kayla Reyes
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman will play Yasuke, the first African samurai to swing a sword in Japan!
According to deadline, “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.”
Doug Miro, who is the writer and executive producer of Narcos on Netflix, is writing the script for the movie.
Boseman expressed, "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."
Besides his performance in Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman has starred in many other films. He played James Brown in Get On Up, Jackie Robinson in 42 and Thurgood Marshall in the film Marshall. He was also in the Avengers: Infinity Wars, Avengers: Endgame and many more!
We look forward to seeing Chadwick Boseman play Yasuke and tell one of the best hidden stories in history! Let us know what you think!