Though Liam Neeson has definitely been finding success as an action star recently since his grizzled turn in Taken, he plans on returning to his dramatic roots in the near future. Deadline reports that Neeson has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s next film Silence, reuniting the actor with his Gangs of New York director. Silence has been a passion project of Scorsese’s for decades, and his adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel is finally poised to get in front of cameras this summer. The story revolves around two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to investigate claims of religious persecution, and the material sees Scorsese returning to a theme that he has explored countless times throughout his career: faith.
Andrew Garfield is onboard to play one of the priests, with Girls star Adam Driver reportedly signed on to play the other. Ken Watanabe is also part of the cast, which will be mostly made up of Japanese actors. Production will get underway in Taiwan this summer. Neeson has a number of genre-oriented films hitting theaters this year, including The LEGO Movie, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and Non-Stop.