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Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe join Martin Scorsese's Japanese-language thriller Silence

05.07.2013
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Good news for Scorsese fans, as his next project, SILENCE, has not only found financing for a June 2014 start, but has also landed a leading man in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN's Andrew Garfield, and a co-star with THE LAST SAMURAI's Ken Watanabe. Based on the novel by Shusaku Endo, the film will be a Japanese-language pic, and follow in the tradition of Scorsese's more personal work, like KUNDUN and THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST.

"Garfield will star as Father Rodrigues, a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church. It is a moment of religious persecution in the Asian nation, with Christians forced to practice their faith clandestinely. Watanabe will portray the priests’ interpreter, alongside a Japanese cast that includes Issei Ogata (who played Emperor Hirohito in Alexander Sokurov’s The Sun)"

Scorsese is aware of the difficulty in appealing ot mass audiences with religious stories that are smaller and less bombastic as some of his other efforts, but believes there is still appeal, saying:

“Then again, it’s a thriller. Thriller meaning they are undercover,” he says. “I’m interested in this, whether it’s undercover priests or undercover cops.”

Scorsese responded to whether or not he had any hesitation about making a film about Catholicism in a time of great debate and uproar over the church, Scorsese said:

“Not at all. Certainly, it’s a religious subject, but the mystery that I’m talking about, Rodrigues’ conflict with himself, and the essence of Christianity — which is something I believe in strongly — is timeless, and has to do with who we are as human beings.”

It sounds like a very appealing project to me, and at this point I'd trust Scorsese in an adaptation of Sesame Street. He no doubt has an angle for this and I'm beyond intrigued to see how he brings it to life.

SILENCE starts shooting next year.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone else get kind of an Apocalypse Now vibe from this?
Source: Variety

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7:03PM on 05/07/2013
Andrew Garfield is a good actor....it's just that he makes for a horrible Peter Parker/Spider Man. Hopefully he does a better job in the sequel.
Andrew Garfield is a good actor....it's just that he makes for a horrible Peter Parker/Spider Man. Hopefully he does a better job in the sequel.
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8:01PM on 05/07/2013
He IS a horrible Peter Parker. I mean, stop twitching!
He IS a horrible Peter Parker. I mean, stop twitching!
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4:16PM on 05/07/2013

Scorses is a legend.

Even Kundun.

As for Garfield, why do people hate the kid? Anything other than Spider-man? He was really good in The Social Network and the Red Riding films.
Even Kundun.

As for Garfield, why do people hate the kid? Anything other than Spider-man? He was really good in The Social Network and the Red Riding films.
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4:26PM on 05/07/2013
Parnassus had me wanting to punch him in the face every other scene and he was a god awful Parker
Parnassus had me wanting to punch him in the face every other scene and he was a god awful Parker
3:37PM on 05/07/2013
The casting of Garfield throws my interest off
The casting of Garfield throws my interest off
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4:01PM on 05/07/2013
Have you seen Boy A?
Have you seen Boy A?
4:24PM on 05/07/2013
cant say that I have
cant say that I have
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3:08PM on 05/07/2013
If your a fan, your a fan for whatever Scorsese decides to shoot next. Ill be there
If your a fan, your a fan for whatever Scorsese decides to shoot next. Ill be there
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2:41PM on 05/07/2013

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I don't get an "Apocalypse Now vibe" from this news. He is just trying to be true to the source material and setting. He's going to film it the woods of Japan, not the jungles of Southeast Asia. I also, doubt that Andrew Garfield will have a heart attack halfway through production. In any case, I like when Scorsese challenges himself. And this project seems like it will be a challenge.
I don't get an "Apocalypse Now vibe" from this news. He is just trying to be true to the source material and setting. He's going to film it the woods of Japan, not the jungles of Southeast Asia. I also, doubt that Andrew Garfield will have a heart attack halfway through production. In any case, I like when Scorsese challenges himself. And this project seems like it will be a challenge.
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