As if he doesn't already have enough iconic roles under his belt, Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to portray Yasuke, the first African Samurai in Japan. In the past, Chadwick has portrayed many notable Black figures such as Thurgood Marshall, James Brown, and Jackie Robinson. His most iconic role is being King T'Challa, or Black Panther as the world now knows.
Yasuke, was a warrior who served under Oda Nobunaga, a Japanese warlord of the 16th century. Yasuke was a slave to white missionaries before being brought to Japan. He is from Portuguese Mozambique and also the first Black man ever to be in Japan. Nobunaga was excited for Yasuke's arrival, as he was trying to restore the country under his leadership. After some time, Nobunaga began to trust Yasuke, becoming friends along with being a samurai for the kingdom. The script is being written by Doug Miro, known for his writing and producing power of the hit Netlfix show, Narcos.
The Howard alum, Boseman said, “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.”