Disney+ has unveiled the premiere date for the highly-anticipated global event series, “Shōgun,” based on James Clavell’s bestselling novel. The 10-episode limited series is set to debut on Tuesday, February 27, with the first two episodes on Hulu and FX linear in the United States, Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ in all other territories, including Australia. Following the premiere, a new episode will be released weekly.
The original adaptation is situated in Japan in the year 1600, amidst a century-defining civil war. Producer Hiroyuki Sanada takes on the role of “Lord Yoshii Toranaga,” battling for survival as enemies on the Council of Regents unite against him. The narrative takes an intriguing turn when an enigmatic European ship is discovered in a nearby fishing village, piloted by the Englishman “John Blackthorne” (Cosmo Jarvis). Blackthorne’s secrets could alter the power dynamics, posing a threat to the formidable influence of his own adversaries — the Jesuit priests and Portuguese merchants.
The fates of Toranaga, Blackthorne, and their translator “Toda Mariko” (Anna Sawai) become entwined. Mariko, a mysterious Christian noblewoman, is the last of a disgraced lineage, navigating her allegiance to faith, newfound companionship with Blackthorne, and her duty to her late father in the midst of political turmoil.
The series features an acclaimed Japanese cast, a rarity for an American production, including Tadanobu Asano, Hiroto Kanai, Takehiro Hira, Moeka Hoshi, Tokuma Nishioka, Shinnosuke Abe, Yuki Kura, Yuka Kouri, and Fumi Nikaido.
“Shōgun” is created for television by Rachel Kondo & Justin Marks, with Marks serving as Showrunner and Executive Producer alongside Michaela Clavell, Edward L. McDonnell, Michael De Luca, and Kondo. The series is produced by FX Productions.