Liam Neeson is Joining Andrew Garfield in Martin Scorsese's 'Silence'
Just after learning that a third round in the Taken franchise might see Liam Neeson joined by Forest Whitaker, not to mention taking to the Wild West in the red band trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West, the older action star is getting ready for something a little more serious. Deadline has word that Neeson is set to star in Silence, the latest film from director Martin Scorsese, based on Shusaku Endo’s novel of the same name. Andrew Garfield was already slated to lead the film last summer, and Inception star Ken Watanabe was said to be joining him in the film looking to shoot in Taiwan later this year. More below!
For those who haven't heard of this project before, the story is set in the 17th century and focuses on two Jesuit priests that face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. The period sees religious persecution running rampant with Christians forced to practice their faith in secret. Garfield will play Father Rodrigues, who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church and Watanabe is playing his interpreter. We're assuming Neeson will play the other Jesuit priest, but that's just speculation on our part. Either way, it should be a nice reunion after Neeson had a small role in Scorsese's Gangs of New York.