The African warrior king of Wakanda in Black Panther has left his kingdom, at least temporarily, so he can become an African samurai. T’Challa aka Chadwick Boseman has signed on to play the real-life “Yasuke” in a movie, according to Deadline. Yasuke was the first officially recognized African samurai in the 16th century. Narcos creator Doug MIro will write the script.
“The legend of Yasuke is one of history’s best kept secrets, the only person of non-Asian origin to become a Samurai,” Chadwick Boseman told Deadline. “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 only a boy when he was taken from his homeland Mozambique to be a slave in India to serve the Portuguese. From there, he was taken to Japan in 1579 to serve as a slave to Jesuit missionaries, according to Wikipedia. Legend has it, that he was the first African to set foot in Japan. His arrival caught the attention of Japanese warlord, Oda Nobunaga, who had an interest in western culture. Nobunaga wanted to unite Japan under his control during the Sengoku period.
According to the Huffington Post, the Jesuit who owned Yasuke gave him to Nobunaga as a gift. From there, the two men developed a relationship that forged the way for Yasuke to be a samurai. Yasuke proved his warrior skills and earned the respect of Nobunaga and became the first African to wield a samurai sword.
Sound epic! This sounds like “The Last Samurai” without the whole trying to conquer and take over Japan by western powers vibe.
Erik Feig’s Picturestart, Mike De Luca’s De Luca Productions, and Boseman’s X●ception Content will produce the movie.
The 41-year-old actor adds another movie to his already busy schedule. Boseman’s career took off after his role in Black Panther. His next project is STX’s “21 bridges.”