It’s taken nearly twenty-years but Martin Scorsese’s passion project, a film adaptation of Japanese author Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence, has received funding and will begin filming in the summer of 2014.
Scorsese has landed the talented Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man and Social Network) and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai and Inception) to lead.
Garfield will be playing Father Rodrigues, a Portuguese Jesuit priest – a role that, during the adaptations many false starts, was rumored to be played by Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro.
Silence tells the story of two 17th-century Jesuit priests, one of whom is Father Rodrigues, who journey to Japan during a time where Japanese Catholics and European priests faced great religious persecution.
Ken Watanabe will be playing the role of an interpreter to the two Jesuit priests.
The majority of the film will be in the Japanese language, Scorsese has said.