Chadwick Boseman is most well-known for his role in the incredibly successful
2018 Disney release Black Panther movie. It has been recently announced that the dynamic actor will be transitioning from his role as a leader in Wakanda to a masterfully skilled black samurai. Chadwick Boseman has been cast to play Yasuke, the first African American samurai in Japanese history. When asked about the upcoming project, 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.” The Yasuke film has been in development since 2017 and currently doesn’t have an official release date.
The Fascinating Story of Yasuke
The film will star Chadwick Boseman playing the lead role of Yasuke who was a very famous black warrior in Japanese history. Geoffrey Girard & Thomas Lockley wrote the biography “African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan” which details critical moments in the life of Yasuke and how he became the legend that he is today. According to the biography, Yasuke was taken from his native village located near the Nile by slavers and he was sent to India to serve the Portuguese.
In 1579, Yasuke arrived in Japan as an indentured valet and bodyguard for a powerful Portuguese Jesuit missionary named Alessandro Valignano. Alessandro Valignano wanted to gain the favor of powerful warlord Oda Nobunaga and gave Nobunaga ownership of Yasuke as a “weapon bearer and novelty.” Eventually, Yasuke went on to prove his abilities which led to Nobunaga awarding him the title of Samurai and he became known as being a valiant and mighty fighter.
Boseman is On a Roll
Chadwick is currently enjoying the wild ride of global success as the actor recently reprised his role as T’Challa/Black Panther in the wildly popular Avengers: Endgame movie currently in theatres, and already the highest-grossing film of the year after taking just 11 days to make more than $2 billion at the global box office. Endgame recently passed Titanic to become the second highest-grossing film of all time. Boseman has expressed his excitement for the upcoming Yasuke role and he stated that the film is something “that’s not just an action movie, that’s a cultural event, an exchange, and I am excited to be part of it.” Yasuke being the first and last non-Asian samurai which makes his story even more inspiring and so exclusive. The writers of the biography about Yasuke stated that “People in the streets did not only gape at him, they bowed heads to the earth as they addressed him.” This gives some insight into just how revered Yasuke was in his home village which adds novelty to the upcoming film.
What to Expect
Yasuke, currently being written by “Narcos” co-creater Doug Miro, is currently in production and does not have an official release date yet although we can expect to hear more announcements very soon. Coming off the heels of his recent successes, Chadwick Boseman is the perfect actor to play the legendary Yasuke in the upcoming title and is sure to bring his incredible acting skills to the big screen in a unique way. His electric personality will only add to the very interesting story of Yasuke – the first and only African samurai which is sure to be an exciting tale.