Paramount, which released Martin Scorsese’s three most recent films, including last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street, is close to a deal that will partner the studio and the Oscar winner again on Silence, his next film. Sources close to the production confirm a Deadline report that the studio is aiming for a November 2015 release of the movie, which will star Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as two 17th-century Jesuit missionaries in Japan in search of a missing mentor. Liam Neeson and Ken Watanabe also will star.
The project has been on Scorsese’s radar for years, ever since he read Shusako Endo’s 1966 novel in 1989, and Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York) wrote a script. “It’s similar to Mean Streets, in a way,” Scorsese told TotalFilm.com at Cannes in 2013. “It deals with spiritual matters in a concrete, physical world; a world where invariably the worst of human nature is revealed.”
Filming is slated to begin in Taiwan later this year.