Shogun's Hiroyuki Sanada Campaigns for Star Wars Role and Fans Are Loving It

Hiroyuki Sanada in Shogun
Credit: FX

Hiroyuki Sanada in Shogun
Credit: FX

Hiroyuki Sanada has expressed his interest in joining the Star Wars franchise, and fans are immediately loving the idea as they already have suggestions for the role that he could play.

The 63-year-old Japanese actor has appeared in various franchise projects throughout his decades-long career such as the MCU, John Wick, Mortal Kombat, and X-Men.

He currently stars in the hit FX limited series Shogun as Lord Toranaga and is receiving a lot of praise for his performance. Now, it looks like he has his eyes on potentially joining the galaxy far, far away.

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Hiroyuki Sanada Wants to Join the Star Wars Franchise

Hiroyuki Sanada in Shogun
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Speaking with Variety recently during the Hulu on Disney+ event, Sanada revealed that he is interested in joining the Star Wars franchise due to its massive world-building.

"I'm a big fan of them," he first responded when asked about his love for the franchise.

In a follow-up question, Sanada was asked to name his favorite character. He simply responded, "I cannot say one because the world itself is amazing."

The veteran actor's response has prompted a lot of enthusiasm from fans online as they are excited about the prospect of Sanada joining the franchise.

Some of them have suggested that Sanada should be cast as a Jedi in the Dawn of the Jedi movie and it helps that the project is directed by James Mangold, who has worked with Sanada in The Wolverine.

Knowing Sanada's talent as an action star, he is certainly a great fit for the Star Wars franchise and could play a badass Jedi character who is involved in action-packed lightsaber battles.

Long-time fans also know that Star Wars originated from George Lucas' admiration of Japanese samurai films and it would be a full-circle moment if they cast a Japanese actor to play the first Jedi.

For now, let's wait and see whether Sanada's casting in the franchise will come to fruition and it certainly helps that the actor has publicly spread the word that he is interested.

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