Deadline reports that Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War star Chadwick Boseman has signed-on to play the first African samurai Yasuke in a feature film penned by Narcos writer Doug Miro.
Fresh from playing the African warrior king Black Panther in Avengers: Endgame, Chadwick Boseman has officially aligned himself to play Yasuke, the first African samurai to swing a sword in Japan.
The project sounds increasingly interesting and having Boseman on board will certainly add to that.
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.
It sounds like the film is currently without a distributor or director, but with Chadwick now boarding that likely won’t be the case for much longer.
MGM also has competing Yasuke project they’re also working on.
Boseman’s next feature film is the cop thriller 21 Bridges, which was produced by The Russo Brothers and will be out on July 12th. He’s also expected to reprise the role of T’Challa in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther 2 but production dates for that film have yet to be revealed as the script is still being written.