Martin Scorsese has been trying to make his passion project Silence for what seems to be decades. The project has been gaining tons of traction lately. Scorsese has just cast Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The Amazing Spider-Man) as his lead. Garfield will join Ken Wantanabe (The Last Samurai) with film on the project set to begin in the Summer of 2014.
Scorsese has long been fascinated by the story of the beginnings of modern Catholicism, long before he ever read Shusaku Endo‘s novel some 25 years ago. He and Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York) quickly began working on the screenplay, and have been reportedly sitting on it since 1996.
Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.
Scorsese is currently finishing up with The Wolf of Wall Street which hits theaters November 15, 2013.