It’s been two whole decades since Martin Scorsese, one of the most prodigious directors in Hollywood, has first thought of turning Shusaku Endo’s “Silence” novel into a movie. Two decades of struggles, scheduling conflicts and false starts, but now, more than ever, “Silence” seems to have a shot at making its voice heard through the world of motion pictures.
After having announced just last month that production on the movie is to start in the summer of 2014, the Oscar winning filmmaker and ten-time Academy Award nominee has landed his first two stars – Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe.
The latter’s name is not exactly a big surprise, as he’s virtually been involved in every single high-profile Hollywood project with an Asian-centric topic, but Garfield… that’s a different story. The 30 year-old got his big break only three years back, when he starred in “Never Let Me Go” and “The Social Network”.
And yet he’s only been in one movie since, “The Amazing Spider-Man”, with the sequel currently filming and slated for a 2014 release. You could say therefore that Garfield is a relatively inexperienced actor, unlike Scorsese’s “usual suspects” – Leo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson or Daniel Day-Lewis.
Garfield will be playing the leading role in “Silence”, that of Father Rodrigues, a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionary who endures persecution in Japan due to his religion. The production will be mostly Japanese spoken, so you shouldn’t expect to see many other well-known English-speaking actors. In other words, be very careful and do… not… disappoint us, Andrew!