Since the news that Martin Scorsese is bringing Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel Silence to the big screen, the question of cast has been raised. In 2013, it was announced that Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe had joined the cast in leading roles. Now it has been reported that Adam Driver, currently starring in HBO’s Girls, has also joined the cast.
Silence is set in the 17th Century, and follows Jesuit priests who face persecution when travelling to Japan to locate their mentor and spread the word of Christianity.
The film has been in production for some time, with Scorsese first expressing interest in making a film adaptation of the book in 2007. Daniel Day Lewis, Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio Del Toro have all been linked to lead roles in the years since, until production eventually stopped. During the Golden Globes after party on 12th January 2014, Scorsese was said to have confirmed that production is now continuing, and that Silence will begin filming in the summer of 2014.
Scorsese is currently celebrating great success with his latest film The Wolf of Wall Street, staring Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio won the ‘Actor in a Movie – Comedy or Musical’ Golden Globe for his role in the film, and has now been nominated in the ‘Best Actor’ category for the upcoming Academy Awards Ceremony, due to take place on 2nd March 2014.
With rumours circulating that Driver is also due to appear in J.J. Abrams Star Wars Episode VII in 2015, with similar rumours circulating for Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender, it seems that Driver’s career can only continue to increase.
Silence is due to be released in 2015.