'Yasuke': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything you need to know about the first African Samurai's story
Enslaved and brought to Japan by Jesuit missionaries in the mid-1500s, the first black man to walk on Japanese soil will be played by 'Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman in Doug Miro's 'Yasuke'
What do you get when you cross Chadwick Boseman and Japan? The answer is 'Yasuke'.
Chadwick Boseman has now signed to become the first African Samurai and we can't help but rave about it. Based on the biography 'African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan', produced by Erik Feig’s recently unveiled Picturestart, Michael De Luca and his De Luca Productions company, Stephen L’Heureux and his Solipsist banner, and Boseman and Logan Coles' Xception Content comes a kickass crossover story and here is everything you need to know about it.
The movie is still in pre-production and release dates haven't been released yet.
According to the biography 'African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan', by Thomas Lockley and Geoffrey Girard, Yasuke was originally taken from his village near the Nile by slavers and eventually sent to India to serve the Portuguese. Believed to be a native of Portuguese Mozambique, Yasuke was enslaved and brought to Japan by Jesuit missionaries in the mid-1500s. The first black man to walk on Japanese soil, his arrival caught the attention of Oda Nobunaga, a feudal warlord desperate to unify the clan-laden country under his rule. The upcoming movie will take a deep dive into their complex relationship from friendship and respect to the honor of a samurai. He was captured in a battle in 1582. According to legend, Yasuke is the only person of non-Asian origin to become a Samurai.
Chadwick Boseman will be playing the legendary African Samurai 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," Boseman said.
Boseman starred as the titular character in the blockbuster 'Black Panther' apart from portraying Jackie Robinson in '42', James Brown in 'Get On Up', and Thurgood Marshall in 'Marshall'. He will next star in and produce STX's actioner '21 Bridges', directed by Brian Kirk and produced by the Russo Brothers.
Miro's screenplays include 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time', and 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'. He has worked with Carlo Bernard on 'The Uninvited' for DreamWorks, 'The Great Raid' for Miramax and 'National Treasure'. He also worked for Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy as a scriptwriter for the 2011 'Tintin' movie.
Miro is a creator and executive producer of the Netflix series 'Narcos'.
Where to watch
As the movie is still in pre-production, details of its release haven't been shared yet.
Watch this space for more news.
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