FX has premiered the official trailer for its new limited series adaptation of James Clavell’s famed feudal Japan-set best-selling novel “Shogun”.
Justin Marks and his wife Rachel Kondo pen the story which charts the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai.
The story begins in 1600 at the dawn of a century-defining civil war. Hiroyuki Sanada (“Mortal Kombat”) plays Lord Yoshi Toranaga, a brilliant strategist and powerful daimyo who is nevertheless isolated and outnumbered by his enemies amongst the Council of Regents at Osaka Castle.
Cosmo Jarvis (“Lady Macbeth”) plays John Blackthorne, a risk-taking English sailor who ends up shipwrecked and marooned in a nearby fishing village – stuck in a land whose unfamiliar culture will ultimately redefine him.
Anna Sawai (“Pachinko”) is Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills and dishonorable family ties who must prove her value and allegiance.
The property was previously adapted into the celebrated 1980 miniseries with Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune and Yoko Shimada in the three key roles. The new take tells the story from both a Western and Japanese perspective.
The series is set to launch in February on Hulu and FX.