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16th Century samurai who served under famed warlord Nobunaga


The Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has officially grabbed the roles of Yasuke, who is said to be the first African samurai to wield a sword in Japan. From what we saw from Boseman’s acting in Black Panther he should be able to take this role and make it memorable as well. The story of Yasuke is legendary as he served under one of the most revered Japanese warlords Oda Nobunaga in the 16th century in Japan.

According to Histoire Ecclesiastique Des Isles Et Royaumes Du Japon, written by François Solier of the Society of Jesus in 1627, Yasuke was likely from Portuguese, Mozambique. It is said that he was also the first black man to set foot on Japanese soil. His arrival to the island nation captured the attention of Nobunaga although Yasuke was a slave. The two entered into a complex relationship that leads to respect and friendship and ultimately honored him with swords and the title of samurai.

The legend of Yasuke is one of history’s bestkept 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, Mike Fleming Jr., Deadline

The film will be produced by Erik Feig’s who recently unveiled Picturestart, Michael De Luca and his De Luca Productions company, Stephen L’Heureux and his Solipsist banner, along with Boseman and Logan Coles’ Xception Content. Boseman is represented by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and Management 360. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

From the look of things on twitter, a lot are happy with this announcement. We are as well. Yes, we posted one tweet, but trust me there is several. What are your thoughts on this move and film by the actor?

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