After years of rumors about the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Javier Bardem, Benicio Del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal possibly starring in Martin Scorsese‘s long-awaited passion project, Silence, this news is kind of a downer.
Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield, will be the leading man in the film. At least now, after two decades of false starts and near misses, Scorsese can finally look forward to shooting this adaptation of Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo’s novel.
Silence will also feature Ken Watanabe and their might still be a smaller part for Daniel Day-Lewis.
Garfield will star as Father Rodrigues, a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church. It is a moment of religious persecution in the Asian nation, with Christians forced to practice their faith clandestinely. Watanabe will portray the priests’ interpreter, alongside a mostly Japanese cast.