Chadwick Boseman To Play First Black Samurai In Japan “Yasuke”
Prior to entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chadwick Boseman built his career largely off playing iconic historical Black figures like Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall.
That said, it looks like we won’t have to wait for the Black Panther sequel to see Chadwick on the silver screen giving out blood and dust.
According to a report in Deadline, T’Challa is signed on to star as a different type of warrior, a samurai. Not just any Samurai, however, the first Black samurai to ever swing a katana in Japan. It seems as if Chadwick will combined di powah of di Bleck pentha along with his aforementioned penchant for playing historical Black folks into “Yasuke”, a skilled swordsman 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.
Said Chadwick about the role:
“The legend of Yasuke is one of history’s best kept secrets, the only person of non-Asian origin to become a Samurai,” Boseman said. “That’s not just an action movie, that’s a cultural event, an exchange, and I am excited to be part of it.”
We can already hear theaters full of women screaming “Yaaaaaaaasssssss-uke!!!!”
Sounds like it could be really good. We’re here for it. How bout you?