AceShowbiz - Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada will lead the cast of the revamped adaptation of James Clavell's epic novel "Shogun".
Sanada, who played Scorpion in 2021's "Mortal Kombat" movie and also appeared in 2003's "The Last Samurai", will be joined in the FX series by Anna Sawai and Cosmo Jarvis in leading roles. The supporting cast includes Tadanobu Asano, Fumi Nikaido, Tokuma Nishioka, Takehiro Hira and Shinnosuke Abe.
"Shogun" was previously adapted as a 1980 mini-series starring Richard Chamberlain. FX Networks chief John Landgraf reveals the new series will take a fresh look at the story from a Japanese perspective.
The 59-year-old executive says, "That 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 take on the role of Lord Yoshii Toranaga, a powerful daimyo who is at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals. Meanwhile, Jarvis, whose previous films include 2016's "Lady Macbeth", will take on Chamberlain's role in the reboot, an English sailor taken captive in Japan who becomes his war lord captor's student and protege.
Sawai, on the other hand, is set to star as Lady Mariko, the revered daughter of an infamous samurai traitor, who must prove her value and allegiance.
Production on the show has begun in Vancouver, Canada, according to The Hollywood Reporter.