Chadwick Boseman to play first African samurai


Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman will be swinging a sword in his next movie as the first African samurai.

The actor will take on the role of Yasuke, a Mozambique native who served under Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in 16th century Japan, according to Deadline.

Yasuke was a slave to Jesuit missionaries and he became the first black man to set foot on Japanese soil.

“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.”