Chad Boseman star has ascended since Black Panther hit the silver screen last February. Increased visibility means more opportunity. It also means moviegoers get to enjoy a familiar face. So know that he will be taking on the role as the first black samurai in Japan in his latest film. Nacros co-creator and executive producer Doug Miro is writing the screenplay. Boseman said this about the film
“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.”
The name of Japan’s first black samurai was Yasuke. He was also the first and only person who wasn’t Asian to earn the samurai title. Here’s a bit more on his story thanks to our plug
“Brought to Japan as a slave to Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century, Yasuke was the first native African to set foot in Japan. His arrival caught the notice of warlord Oda Nobunaga, who had plans to unite Japan — then a fractured group of feudal fiefdoms — under his own rule. Nobunaga later bestowed the title of samurai on Yasuke.”
Since they’re talking about writing screenplays it seems this one is still a ways out in terms of release date, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for it. Is anyone excited?