Chadwick Boseman, who made his career playing legendary Black figures like Thurgood Marshall and Japanese samurai Yasuke, as well as taking on the role of Marvel’s King T'Challa of Wakanda, died after a four-year battle with cancer. See his life in photos:
There was at least one black samurai warrior. Yasuke arrived in Japan in 1579 with an Italian Jesuit, and chose to stay. He later served as a samurai and as the weapon bearer of Oda Nobunaga, one of the unifiers of Japan.
"Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman will play the first historical samurai warrior of non-Asian descent, reports . The movie is based on the story of Yasuke, a Mozambican man who was trained by a warlord after arriving in 16th century feudal Japan.