JOIN
OUR EMAIL LIST!
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images; @randomangelface/Twitter



Chadwick Boseman has a history of playing real life figures in biopics, and action heavy roles like Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Now he's combining the two with his new role as Yasuke, the first black samurai.


The film has been in development for a few years, and seems to be finally coming to fruition with Boseman in the lead 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, according to Deadline.

"That's not just an action movie, that's a cultural event, an exchange, and I am excited to be part of it."

We're excited too!







Yasuke was a real person in history, living in Japan sometime in the 1500s. While solid information about his early life is missing, it's likely he was brought to Japan from Mozambique as a Portuguese slave.

At some point, Yasuke entered the service of Oda Nobunaga a powerful feudal lord of Japan. Yasuke is believed to have at least a basic knowledge of Japanese, as Nobunaga enjoyed conversations with Yasuke.

He was 6'2" tall, towering over most people at the time. It is unknown if his name is a Japanese rendering of his original name or wholly made up and given to him. Nobunaga himself claimed Yasuke had the strength of ten men.

There is plenty we know and a lot more we don't know about Yasuke's life. However, the parts we do know provide an interesting look at African and Japanese history.

So if someone asks, yeah, Yasuke was real.







There is no word on a release date or even when production will start. With the project gaining Boseman though, it's likely they will want to move forward quickly, before the popular actor's schedule starts filling up.

If you're interested in more about Yasuke, you'll have plenty more to see. While books have been written, and this film is gearing up for production, Netflix has also announced an anime very loosely based on the story of Yasuke.

Though, that one involves magic and robots, so if that's something you're looking for in a story about history's first black samurai, great!

Otherwise, keep your ears open for more information about Boseman's film as it becomes available.

Image by jplenio from Pixabay

A good chunk of humanity have a hard time hearing certain truths. We don't want to admit what isn't working, because it's just human nature to be scared of being wrong. It's hard to admit weakness individually, much less as a whole.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

An overwhelming majority of us have plenty of things we are annoyed by every single day, and also lack the power to doing anything about them.

Keep reading... Show less

From our childhood through our adult years, one thing we all dream of from time to time is all the things we could do if we had unlimited resources. Buy a castle and become your own anti-hero, solve world hunger, adopt ALL the animals, live on an endless cruise around the world, heck, buy a whole political party *cough cough*.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by cattalin from Pixabay

I admit that I am not a picky eater by any stretch of the imagination. I eat just about anything. I also consider myself pretty adventurous; when I travel, eating good food and trying the local cuisine is at the top of my list!

But even I would be hard-pressed to eat durian or even balut.

Would I say absolutely not? I'll have to get back to you after a trip to Southeast Asia. The jury's out for now.

People had very strong opinions on the food they want nothing to do with after Redditor KentuckyFriedEel asked the online community,

"What dish/food can f*** right off?"
Keep reading... Show less