FX has revealed its full cast for the upcoming limited series, Shogun, via The Hollywood Reporter. The series will be based on the 1975 novel by James Clavell (The Fly). Shogun had a straight-to-series order back in 2018.
The new series is set to star Hiroyuki Sanada (Army of the Dead), Anna Sawai (F9), and Cosmo Jarvis (Raised by Wolves). The three will be backed by an ensemble that includes Tadanobu Asano (Mortal Kombat), Fumi Nikaido (River’s Edge), Ako (Tale of the Unusual), Japanese baseball star Shinnosuke Abe, Yasunari Takeshima (Lost Girls Love Hotels), Hiroto Kanai (Lenses on Her Heart), Toshi Toda (Menace II Society), Hiro Kanagawa (Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes), Néstor Carbonell (The Dark Knight), Yuki Kura (Town Without Sea), Tommy Bastow (Man in an Orange Shirt), Moeka Hoshi (Over the Town), Yoriko Doguchi (Tomie), and Yuka Kouri (Yuru Camp).
Set in the seventeenth century, the story will follow John Blackthorne (Jarvis), an outsider turned samurai, as he is used as a pawn in Japanese leader Toranaga’s struggle to reach the top of the ruling chain or Shogun. Sawai will play Lady Mariko, the daughter of an infamous samurai who Taranga enlists to avenge her father’s death.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, production has begun in Vancouver, but a release date has not been confirmed. The novel was previously adapted in 1980, starring Richard Chamberlain (The Thorn Birds), where the story was entirely told from the perspective of Blackthorne.
FX Networks chief John Landgraf told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2018 that the story will be updated, and the new version will 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.”
Justin Marks (Counterpart) and Clavell’s daughter, Michaela Clavell, will executive produce the series, along with Michael De Luca (Reminiscence) and Ed McDonnell (The Violent Heart). Marks and Rachel Kondo (Girl of Few Seasons) co-wrote the first two episodes. Jonathan van Tulleken (Reprisal) will direct the first two episodes.
Shogun will air on FX.