Hiroyuki Sanada (Army of the Dead, Lost), Anna Sawai (F9, Apple’s upcoming Pachinko), and Cosmo Jarvis (Raised by Wolves) will appear in the limited series, which the cabler ordered in 2018. Tadanobu Asano, Fumi Nikaido, Tokuma Nishioka, Takehiro Hira, Ako, Shinnosuke Abe, Yasunari Takeshima, Hiroto Kanai, Toshi Toda, Hiro Kanagawa, Néstor Carbonell, Yuki Kura, Tommy Bastow, Moeka Hoshi, Yoriko Doguchi, and Yuka Kouri will also appear in the ensemble.
Previously, Shogun was adapted into a 1980 miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain, who portrayed the story largely through the eyes of his character, an English sailor named John Blackthorne. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf stated in 2018 that the new version would explore “a whole lot of point of view that was omitted from the original series because it was thought at the time that American audiences wouldn’t want to see the story from the Japanese point of view.” And now, I believe you must present the story from both the Japanese and Western perspectives.”
Anna Sawai as Lady Mariko
Lady Mariko, the renowned daughter of a notorious samurai traitor, is recruited by Toranaga to avenge her father’s murder.
Hiroyuki Sanada as Yoshii Toranaga
As the story begins, Yoshii Toranaga is a powerful daimyo (lord) from a feared dynasty, but he is isolated and outnumbered by his foes in Osaka Castle. He is, nonetheless, an excellent strategist and master of the long game.
Cosmo Jarvis as John Blackthorne
Blackthorne, an English pilot major tasked with finding a way to the Pacific islands and disrupting Spanish and Portuguese interests in Japan. His ship ishes up on Toranaga’s shores, and the daimyo becomes both his captive and spiritual guide.
Tadanobu Asano as Kashigi Yabushige
Yûki Kedôin as Takemaru
Eushin Lee as Yabushige’s Kosho
Tommy Bastow as Father Martin Alvito
Hiroto Kanai as Kashigi Omi
Hiromoto Ida as Kiyama ukon Sadanaga
Emi Kamito as Chiyo
Kengo Hashimoto as Ishido’s Gray Kosho
Sen Mars as Yaechiyo Nakamura
Mako Fujimoto as Shizu No Kata
Toshi Toda as Sugiyama
The first two episodes of the limited series shogun will premiere on Hulu in the United States, Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ in all other regions on February 27, 2024.