Has Martin Scorsese found a new golden boy in Andrew Garfield? It looks like he may have. Garfield, who’s currently filming The Amazing Spider-Man film, has officially signed on to take the lead in the much awaited Silence film.
The film which has been in various stages of development for two decades has finally started to get real movement with Andrew Garfield’s involvement. The film, which was at one point rumored to star top notch actors like Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro, and Gael Garcia Bernal, sees Garfield as a 17th- century Portuguese Jsuit, who travels to Japan to preach the gospel of Christianity. Silence will be an adaptation from Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel. Aside from Garfield, Japanese star Ken Watanabe will co-star with The Social Network star.
As of right now, Scorsese is in the middle of wrapping up the long shoot for The Wolf of Wall Street which stars friend and frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio. For DiCaprio this is going to be his last role in quite some time. Meanwhile Scorsese’s production company is in the middle of location scouting for Silence, which has been backed by Cecchi Gori Pictures. In addition the film will seek out buyers at the Cannes international buyers market, which is said to be a first-time thing for Scorsese, as he’s served on the Cannes jury in years past.
Scorsese read the novel 25 years ago, and was excited about its potential back then. In January it was reported that Scorsese had his eyes set on making Silence his next film, but was without a cast. This is after he had announced in December of 2011 that Silence was a project worth getting excited about. Now with Garfield as the lead, it looks like we may have something to look forward to after all.
Are you excited to see what Andrew Garfield and Martin Scorsese bring to the big screen?