Following a long, long development process that has spanned decades, director Martin Scorsese is finally gearing up to make his passion project, Silence, and he’s nabbed an incredibly talented young actor to lead the film. The Amazing Spider-Man and The Social Network star Andrew Garfield has been tapped to lead Scorsese’s adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel of the same name, which centers on two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to investigate claims of religious persecution. Earlier iterations of the project had Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro, and Gael Garcia Bernal rumored to be handling the lead roles, but it appears that Scorsese has opted to go a bit younger for the role of Father Rodrigues.
Hit the jump for more, including the casting of Ken Watanabe and Issei Ogata in the film.
While Scorsese has been trying to get Silence off the ground for years, he finally secured financing earlier this year along with a greenlight to begin production in June 2014. Variety reports that Andrew Garfield will lead the cast as the Portuguese Jesuit priest Father Rodrigues, but the role of his companion has yet to be cast. We do know, however, that Ken Watanabe will be playing the priests’ interpreter, and the film will feature a largely Japanese cast that includes The Sun star Issei Ogata. Much of the pic will be in Japanese, and Scorsese is apparently happy to be working on something that has an admittedly smaller audience than his recent pics like Hugo and Shutter Island, but he still describes Silence as something of a thriller.
Garfield is probably best known to audiences as the star of The Amazing Spider-Man (in which he does swell work), but the actor has more than proven his dramatic talents in Boy A, David Fincher’s brilliant The Social Network and director Mark Romanek’s criminally underseen 2010 film Never Let Me Go. The actor is currently filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he brings to Silence.