‘F9’ Star Anna Sawai in the Lead Role of FX’s Limited Drama Series

FX’s limited drama series, “Shōgun” fills out the cast and director

Recently FX network updated the cast of the limited drama series Shōgun revealing that F9′s Anna Sawai will star in the lead role.

Finalized Cast

The limited drama series Shōgun has officially filled out its cast ensemble. Anna Sawai adds up to the two already announced leads, Cosmo Jarvis and Hiroyuki Sanada. The F9 star will play the lead role of Lady Mariko, who is a cherished daughter of an ill-famed samurai traitor. Besides, the series shows Sawai’s Lady Mariko hired by Yoshii Toranaga to avenge her father’s death.

Anna Sawai in the lead role of Shōgun

Further, Hiroyuki Sanada will play the role of Yoshii Toranaga, cited above. Despite being a feared daimyo (lord), he finds himself weak at Osaka Castle at the beginning of the series. Yet, he is a master at political strategies who wouldn’t accept defeat.

Cosmo Jarvis will play the third lead role of John Blackthorne, an English pilot major. While going on a mission to breach Spanish and Portuguese activities in Japan, his ship washes ashore in Toranaga’s land. Although Toranaga holds him captive, the pilot finds a mentor in him.

Apart from the three leads, the Shōgun series will also include Tadanobu Asano, Fumi Nikaido, Tokuma Nishioka, Takehiro Hira, Ako, Shinnosuke Abe, Hiro Kanagawa, Yasunari Takeshima, Hiroto Kanai, Yuki Kura, Tommy Bastow, Toshi Toda, Nestor Carbonell, Moeka Hoshi, Yoriko Doguchi and Yuka Kouri.

Hiroyuki Sanada
Warner Bros.


FX network’s Shōgun is an adaptation of James Clavell’s best-selling novel of the same title. The author wrote the novel in 1975, which was adapted for a mini-series earlier in 1980. However, FX declared the adaptation of Shōgun as a limited drama series in 2018. The series will have a ten-episode run. With production now happening in Vancouver, we might expect the series to roll out soon.

Shōgun tells the story of the absolute power possessed by Yoshi Toranaga, a daimyo on his captive, an English ship-wrecked pilot named John Blackthorne.

As per the sources, Jonathan van Tulleken will direct the first two episodes of the series. Moreover, Justin Marks, Michaela Clavell, Michael de Luca, and Ed McDonnell will executive produce the series.

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