'Goodfellas' director enlists Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield for 2016 Oscars push
According to Hollywood Reporter Paramount are in talks with Martin Scorsese to release his next film Silence at the end of 2015 in a bid for further Oscars glory.
Based on the 1966 historical novel by Shusako Endo, Andrew Garfield (shedding his Spidey lycra) and Adam Driver (Star Wars Episode 7) will play a pair of Jesuit priests. Set in the 17th century we will follow the Portugese missionaries on their journey to a Japan in turmoil as they search for their mentor. Also starringTaken‘s Liam Neeson and Ken Watanabe, the novel is being adapted for the screen by long time Scorsese collaborator Jay Cocks (The Last Temptation Of Christ, Gangs Of New York).
Speaking at last year’s Cannes Film Festival Scorsese told Total Film: “I’ve been working on it since I first read the book in 1989… It goes back to growing up in New York, living in an area that was pretty rough, and also the church at the same time. It’s similar to Mean Streets, in a way. It deals with spiritual matters in a concrete, physical world; a world where invariably the worst of human nature is revealed.”
The Goodfellas director teased Silence as a “suspenseful film, with elements of a thriller… it combines that with themes that were overt in Kundun and Bringing Out The Dead“.
Scorsese is also set to re-team with Robert De Niro for thriller The Irishman and is developing Sinatra, a biopic of the legendary crooner Frank.