Martin Scorsese talking in Silence.

Martin Scorsese is adamant about making Silence his next movie. He and Graham King’s GK Films are negotiating with Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro to star. Gael Garcia Bernal is also in early talks. It is expected to begin production later this year in New Zealand.

The drama is set in the 17th century as two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.

Silence is based on the Shusaku Endo novel, which has been adapted for the screen by Jay Cocks. Scorsese has had the project on his radar for more than a decade.

This film would mark Day-Lewis’ third outing with Scorsese following Gangs of New York and The Age of Innocence. Day-Lewis has completed the Rob Marshall directed musical Nine.

This would be a first time collaboration for Scorsese and Del Toro, who most recently starred in Steven Soderbergh’s epic Che and is also starring in the upcoming The Wolf Man. Garcia Bernal is best known for his roles in Babel, The Science Of Sleep and Y Tu Mama Tambien.

Scorsese most recently completed an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Shutter Island for Paramount starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Source: Variety

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