Based on Shusako Endo's novel, "Silence" is set in the 17th century and follows two Jesuit priests, who travel to Japan to locate their mentor in order to spread the gospel of Christianity. The priests encounter a lot of violence and persecution on the journey. Garfield will portray Father Rodrigues and actor Ken Watanabe will play his interpreter.
Scorsese has been trying to make this film for over two decades and sheds some light on the importance of the subject matter to him. "It’s something that has always been part of my life. It’s difficult for people to understand who are not part of that world that I grew up in, which was Roman Catholicism in New York City in the 1950s. I was impressed enough to try to become part of that world, and realized at the age of 15 or 16 that it was much tougher, much more complicated than I thought…in terms of vocation."
It still baffles me that Scorsese only won his first Oscar for Best Director with "The Departed". His vision, beautiful shots and ability to get the best performances out of his actors, certainly sets him worlds apart from most director's these days.
No other casting news has been announced for "Silence", including who will play the other Jesuit priest. No word on timeline or production and we'll keep you posted as the story develops.
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