‘Shōgun’ star Hiroyuki Sanada in talks for ‘Ghost Of Tsushima’ film


Shōgun star Hiroyuki Sanada is reportedly in talks to star in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Ghost Of Tsushima.

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According to reliable film insider DanielRPK, per Eurogamer, Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions are looking to cast Sanada in an undisclosed role in the Ghost Of Tsushima film. Sanada’s casting has yet to be confirmed.

Sanada’s potential casting in Ghost Of Tsushima wouldn’t be outside of the esteemed Japanese actor’s past work. Besides Shōgun, Sanada has starred in a number of Samurai-based films – both Japanese and English-language – such as The Last Samurai, 47 Ronin, Legend of the Eight Samurai, Shogun’s Ninja, Samurai Reincarnation, Shogun’s Samurai, The Twilight Samurai and more.

Hiroyuki Sanada as Yoshii Toranaga. Credit: Kurt Iswarienko/FX

He’s also starred in film adaptations of video games, most notably the 2021 reboot of Mortal Kombat and next year’s Mortal Kombat sequel. Other films and TV series he’s starred in include Avengers: Endgame, Hawkeye, John Wick: Chapter 4, Lost and Westworld.

A cast has yet to be announced for the Ghost Of Tsushima film. It will be directed by Chad Stahelski, who is best known for the John Wick franchise. Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions announced the adaptation in 2021 with Sucker Punch Productions acting as an executive producer. It isn’t known whether the script for Ghost Of Tsushima will be in Japanese or in English, as the dialogue for the game is originally delivered in Japanese.

Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima. Credit: Sucker Punch

In a four-star review of Ghost Of Tsushima, Jordan Oloman wrote for NME: “If you haven’t been able to tell already, Ghost Of Tsushima is quite a mixed bag. From a technical perspective, it’s not dropping the ball in any department – it plays well, sounds great and looks incredible, but the finer notes detract from its overall stopping power. It’s easy to recommend when it comes to value for money, just as long as you can stomach some strange design choices.”


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