Yasuke trailer

Recent Oscar nominee LaKeith Stanfield is heading into the world of animation – and the result is unlike any anime project I’ve ever seen.

The Judas and the Black Messiah and Atlanta actor lends his voice to the lead character in Yasuke, a new Netflix anime series that he’s executive producing alongside Grammy-winning artist Flying Lotus (The Boondocks) and director/writer/executive producer Lesean Thomas, who previously worked on shows like The Boondocks and Black Dynamite. Check out the full trailer below, which showcases his Black samurai character and lays out the imaginative and unconventional world in which this show takes place.
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In 16th century Japan, an African slave became the first-ever Black man to step into the country, piquing the interest of Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga. He eventually gained the trust, friendship, and respect of Nobunaga, and would ascend to the title of samurai, becoming known as the legendary Black samurai, Yasuke. But while Yasuke existed in our world, the demons he’s fighting in the new Netflix anime series Yasuke, probably weren’t. Inspired by the legend of the Black samurai, Yasuke stars LaKeith Stanfield as the titular character, who is brought back into battle to raise an army against an unspeakable evil. Watch the Yasuke trailer below.

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yasuke cast

Chadwick Boseman is trading his suit of Vibranium for a suit of samurai armor to play the lead in the biopic Yasuke. The Black Panther actor will be leading the Yasuke cast as the titular real-life warrior who became the first and only African samurai in 16th century Japan. This will be the first film adaptation of the amazing true story of the first African samurai.

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yasuke movie

Today in “shut up and take my money” news, MGM is set to make Yasuke, a film based on the true story of the only African samurai in history. Yasuke was perhaps the first black man to set foot in Japan, and his arrival caused an uproar and piqued the interest of a warlord named Oda Nobunaga. There’s no director or actor attached to the Yasuka movie yet, but this is the kind of original project that is bound to get a lot of attention.

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