The Ronin has been able to confirm that the FX limited series Shōgun will begin shooting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 24 and wraps in June of 2022. The new series is based on the James Clavell novel that was developed into a television miniseries that aired in 1980.
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.
Shōgun’s two male lead characters are Yoshii Toranaga and John Blackthorne. Yoshii is a powerful daimyo from a feared lineage, isolated and outnumbered by his enemies in Osaka Castle and John is an English pilot trying to fight a trade route the Pacific islands. The two lead roles have down to legendary Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada and British actor Cosmo Jarvis.
The Samurai series was written by Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo.
Sanada is mostly known in the west for projects such as Westworld, The Last Samurai, Mortal Kombat, Army of The Dead, The Wolverine, Avengers: Endgame, Sunshine, Rush Hour 2, and 47 Ronin. He’ll be seen next in the Brad Pitt action flick Bullet Train, directed by David Leitch.