Chadwick Boseman to Play First Black Samurai, ‘Yasuke’

Chadwick Boseman is breaking barriers with his latest role. 

The “Black Panther” star has been cast to play Yasuke, the first African samurai in Japanese history. 

According to the Variety, “the movie will be produced by Erik Feig’s recently unveiled Picturestart, Michael De Luca and his De Luca Productions company, Stephen L’Heureux and his Solipsist banner, and Boseman and Logan Coles’ Xception Content.”

Apparently, “Narcos” co-creator Doug Miro is writing the script, which centers on the “first black man to step foot on Japanese soil.” The character Yasuke was a slave and native of Portuguese Mozambique brought to Jesuit Missionaries. The story closely follows his “complex” relationship as a servant of Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in 16th century Japan and his journey to becoming a samurai.

“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.”

Chadwick Boseman First Black Samurai
(Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV)

About Retonjah Burdette

Retonjah Burdette is a publicist and published content curator from Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2017, Burdette then went on to get field experience with one of the top entertainment PR firms in Atlanta. Since the start of her career, Burdette has worked with a number of actors, authors, entrepreneurs and independent artists. She has secured placements on media outlets such as TV One’s Sister Circle, Good Day Atlanta on FOX, V-103, CBS 46, Kontrol Magazine, KISS 104.1 and Rolling Out to name a few. In addition to her growth in PR, she is currently a writer for Baller Alert, a top platform for news and entertainment. In hopes of bringing the visions of others to life, she launched Girl Avant-Garde in 2019, a creative agency specializing in innovative content, branding and PR in entertainment. Her overall goal is to have autonomy over her creative thought process and to teach branding to new entrepreneurs and others pursuing a career in the public eye.

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