After years in development, Martin Scorsese is finally moving forward on Silence, with Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe already signed up to star. Now Liam Neeson has come onboard, according to Variety.
The movie is an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel about Father Rodrigues (Garfield), a Portuguese Jesuit priest who travels to Japan after hearing that his mentor has abandoned the church. Ken Watanabe will play Rodrigues’ Japanese interpreter. It’s not known who Liam Neeson will be, although it’s possible he is Ridrigues’ mentor.
Scorsese is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Gangs of New York screenwriter Jay Cocks. Filming will take place in Taiwan later this year.