FX has officially set the full cast of their upcoming limited series Shōgun, based on the best-selling novel by James Clavell of the same name. Clavell’s novel, which was written in 1975, follows the rise of a man named Yoshii Toranaga to shogunate through the eyes of an English pilot, John Blackthorne. The adaptation from FX was greenlit in 2018 and is slated to have a 10-episode run. Note: Mortal kombat 2021 Streaming
F9’s Anna Sawai has been cast in a leading role as Lady Mariko, the revered daughter of an infamous samurai traitor, whom she is enlisted to avenge by Yoshii Toranaga. Sawai rounds out the leading trio alongside Hiroyuki Sanada as the aforementioned Yoshii Toranaga, a feared and powerful daimyo that will find himself outnumbered at Osaka Castle at the start of the story. Cosmo Jarvis stars as John Blackthorne, a shipwrecked pilot who washes ashore in Toranaga’s territory and finds a mentor in his captor. Read More: Conjuring 3 : Sous l’emprise du Diable 2021 Streaming
The cast will also include Tadanobu Asano as Kashigi Yabushige, Fumi Nikaido as Ochiba No Kata, Tokuma Nishioka as Toda Hiromatsu, Takehiro Hira as Ishido Kazunari, Ako as Daiyoin “Lady Iyo,” Shinnosuke Abe as Toda Hiroshige “Buntaro,” Yasunari Takeshima as Muraji, Hiroto Kanai as Koshigi Omi, Toshi Toda as Sugiyama, Hiro Kanagawa as Igarashi, Nestor Carbonell as Rodrigues, Yuki Kura as Yoshii Nagakado, Tommy Bastow as Father Martin Alvito, Moeka Hoshi as Usami Fuji, Yoriko Doguchi as Kiri no Kata, and Yuka Kouri as Kitu. Director Jonathan van Tulleken is set to direct the first two episodes of the series. Note: Cruella 2021 Streaming
Sanada will act as a producer on the series, while executive producers on the project are Michaela Clavell, Michael de Luca, Ed McDonnell, and Justin Marks. Marks also co-wrote the first two episodes with co-executive producer Rachel Kondo. Shannon Goss, Andrew Macdonald, and Allon Reich are also co-executive producers, with Tulleken serving as one as well for the episodes he is slated to direct. Note: Black Widow 2021 Streaming
Shōgun is currently in production in Vancouver, Canada, and the limited series does not have a premiere date as of now.
FX’s ‘Shogun’ Update Sets Full Cast
The limited series, which the cabler ordered back in 2018, will star Hiroyuki Sanada (Army of the Dead, Lost), Anna Sawai (F9, Apple’s upcoming Pachinko) and Cosmo Jarvis (Raised by Wolves). The ensemble will also feature Tadanobu Asano, Fumi Nikaido, Tokuma Nishioka, Takehiro Hira, Ako, Shinnosuke Abe, Yasunari Takeshima, Hiroto Kanai, Toshi Toda, Hiro Kanagawa, Néstor Carbonell, Yuki Kura, Tommy Bastow, Moeka Hoshi, Yoriko Doguchi and Yuka Kouri. Read More: Fast & Furious 9 2021 Streaming
Shōgun was previously adapted for a 1980 miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain, which told the story mostly through the eyes of his character, an English sailor named John Blackthorne. In discussing the series order in 2018, FX Networks chief John Landgraf said the new version would explore “a whole lot of point of view that was omitted from the original series because it was thought at that time that American audiences wouldn’t want to see the story from the Japanese point of view. And now, I think you have to tell the story from the Japanese as well as Western point of view.”
Sanada will play Yoshii Toranaga, a powerful daimyo (lord) from a feared lineage but someone who is isolated and outnumbered by his enemies in Osaka Castle as the series begins. However, he’s a brilliant strategist and master of the long game.
Jarvis will play Blackthorne, an English pilot major whose mission is to find a path to the Pacific islands and disrupt Spanish and Portuguese interests in Japan. His ship washes ashore in Toranaga’s territory, and the daimyo becomes both his captor and spiritual mentor.
Sawai plays Lady Mariko, the revered daughter of an infamous samurai traitor, whom Toranaga enlists to avenge her father’s death. More: Shang-Chi 2021 Streaming
Asano plays Kashigi Yabushige; Nikaido plays Ochiba No Kata; Nishioka plays Toda Hiromatsu; Hira plays Ishido Kazunari; Ako plays Daiyoin “Lady Iyo”; Abe plays Toda Hiroshige “Buntaro”; Takeshima plays Muraji; Kanai plays Koshigi Omi; Toda plays Sugiyama; Kanagawa plays Igarashi; Carbonell plays Rodrigues; Kura plays Yoshii Nagakado; Bastow plays Father Martin Alvito; Hoshi plays Usami Fuji; Doguchi plays Kiri no Kata; and Kouri plays Kitu.