Chadwick Boseman is to portray a real-life African Samurai warrior in an exciting new movie.
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Boseman is to play a man named Yasuke, an African hero who rose to prominence in 16th century Japan when he became one of the greatest warriors in the land.
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.
Yasuke was born in Mozambique and was, unfortunately, sent to Japan as an enslaved person. After becoming the first black man to step foot on Japanese soil he caught the attention of warlord Oda Nobunaga with whom sources say he shared a complicated relationship.
Boseman was intrigued by the story and signed up to lead the release with help from writer Doug Miro…one of the brains behind the Netflix show ‘Narcos.’