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Hiroyuki Sanada signs deal to return to ‘Shogun”s second season

The critically acclaimed limited series, Shogun, might be returning for a second season, as actor and producer Hiroyuki Sanada (John Wick: Chapter 4, Bullet Train) has closed a deal to return as Lord Yoshii Toranaga, according to Variety and Deadline.

Set in the 17th-century, the series, written by Rachel Kondo and Justin Marks, focuses on a shipwrecked English sailor who gets wrapped up the the bloody politics of feudal Japan. Shogun remain’s FX’s most expensive series to date, and surpassed Season 2 of The Bear for the network’s biggest Hulu premiere. During it’s first six days of availability, Shogun surpassed 9 million views across Huly, Disney +, and Star +.

According to sources from Deadline, other details and deals are being finalized by FX to make a second season of Shogun. When Variety reached out to FX for its article, FX declined to comment.

In the event of a Season 2 renewal, it is possible that Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth, Calm with Horses) will also return to reprise his role as Pilot Major Blackthorne.

If the efforts for a second season are successful, it would mean that Shogun would have to be moved into the drama categories for the 2024 Emmy awards, meaning the timing of the decision is tied to the deadline for Emmy submissions. It also means that Shogun would be running against Fallout, The Crown, and The Morning Show, shaking up the Emmys race.

The vast majority of limited series that are submitted to the Emmys are submitted as such. If they get additional seasons, they will be moved into the drama series, previous examples including Big Little Lies and The White Lotus.

(An earlier version of this story misidentified Hiroyuki Sanada. We regret the error)

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