News coming in from deadline and City on Fire that Hiroyuki Sanada (Ninja in the Dragons Den and Army of the Dead) and Cosmos Jarvis (Calm with Horses and Funny Face) have been tapped as two of the three leads in Shōgun, FX's limited series based on James Clavell’s bestselling novel. Sanada and Jarvis will play the male leads, Yoshii Toranaga and John Blackthorne, respectively, in the project, which tells the story from both a Western and Japanese perspective.
Written by Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo, Shōgun is set in feudal Japan. It charts the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai: John Blackthorne (Jarvis), a risk-taking English sailor who ends up shipwrecked in Japan, a land whose unfamiliar culture will ultimately redefine him; Lord Toranaga (Sanada), a shrewd, powerful daimyo, at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals; and Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties who must prove her value and allegiance.
The series’ third lead, the role of Lady Mariko, is currently being cast. In the highly rated 1980 Shōgun miniseries, the parts of Blackthorne, Toranaga and Mariko were played by Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune and Yoko Shimada, respectively.
Color us excited as i grew up watching this so My Dad Senior Gillon is going to be chuffed 😉