Day-Lewis and Del Toro May Star in Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 5:39 pm,

It seems for Martin Scorsese being in post-production in one movie (Shutter Island) and shooting another (apparently – a documentary about George Harrison) doesn’t stop the man from thinking ahead. He is hoping to make his next movie, Silence, an adaptation of a book he’s had his eye on for eight years now.

The film will be based on a Japanese novel by Shusaku Endo and 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.”

Being unfamiliar with the source novel I can’t speak of whether or not it would make a good film, but what excites me about the project is three names; Martin Scorsese, Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro. An all-time great director, one of the greatest actors living today and an actor who has proven himself time and time again, respectively.

Day-Lewis and Del Toro are in negotiations right now to play the two lead roles, along with Gael Garcia Bernal for a supporting one, and the film will be written by Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York). There is no domestic distributor for the film as of yet but it will be developed by Scorsese himself along with Graham King and will be financed by King’s own GK Films.

Anything that has Scorsese’s or Day-Lewis’ name attached to it I will see no questions asked… they are both just that damned good. That’s not forgetting Del Toro either, but it just seems the other two have been cemented as legends, if you want to say, of the business.

So what about you; are you looking forward to Scorsese’s Silence? And how about that killer cast?

Silence is hoped to start production in New Zealand later this year.

Sources: FilmJunk, FirstShowing and

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  1. I have to say, of all the Martin Scorcese films I’ve seen, I have only like 3 1/2. One of those was the Departed. Since that’s a remake of an Asian film, It only counts for half. I enjoyed Last Waltz (which is a concert movie and a formula that you can’t screw up), Goodfellas, and Taxi Driver. Other than that, I really haven’t enjoyed anything of his that I’ve watched. I’d say that Raging Bull, Last Temptation of Christ, and Gangs of New York are definitely on my bottom 10 of all films I’ve ever seen. I know that opens me up to attack here, but even when something is “great” someone will inevitably hate it and often times something “terrible” will be loved by many.

  2. I will see it .
    I wish I knew a little more about it though .

  3. I have enjoyed every movie I have ever seen DDL play a part in..I haven’t seen his entire filmography but those I have seen … well his performances are magnetic, powerful and unforgettable..

    He is one of a kind like Brando & DeNiro

    Those I have seen :

    Last Of the Mohicans
    The Boxer
    In the Name Of the Father
    There Will Be Blood
    Gangs Of New York

    Great news Ross as I am glad he continues to act and bring great roles to the screen…

  4. @greenknight,

    Have you not seen My Left Foot? An overrated movie but Day-Lewis is astonishingly good in it – only second to his performance in TWBB.

  5. What are you talking about Mark? What about The Aviator?

  6. @ Ross

    I will be looking for a copy of it to watch this weekend..I very much look forward to this, thanks for the recommendation!!


  7. DDL in it ? I’ll go see it no matter what. He’s just about the only actor that can make me do that.

  8. I must add that Del Toro being in it isn’t a crime either. 😀

    Not specifically a Scorsese fan, but I do like his movies.

  9. I couldn’t imagine any director other than Scrocese making Taxi Driver or Goodfellas. That’s why I consider those great Scorcese films. On the other token, I couldn’t see anyone else directing Gangs of New York, Raging Bull, or The Last Temptation. I just didn’t enjoy them on any level.


    With the Aviator, I feel that the movie wasn’t necessarily a Scorcese film. I think that it’s a story that would be safe with almost any director at the helm.

  10. Well something definitely has gone awry with this site as these articles and posts are almost a week old…

    Vic what gives?

  11. What dates are you referring to? Everything seems fine to me.

  12. The New Moon thread
    The GL thread
    FInancial crunch in Hollywood
    I can’t remember anymore right off the top of my head but those two and I’m sure there are a lot more

  13. @ Vic

    These are the latest posts that appear at the bottom of the Screen Rant page as I am seeing them

    03.02.09, 13:20: What’s Happening With The Gears Of War Movie? (von No Name Face) 03.02.09, 13:18: Heroes ‘Fugitives’ Chapter: Back To Basics? (von Mark) 03.02.09, 13:17: Heroes ‘Fugitives’ Chapter: Back To Basics? (von Mark) 03.02.09, 13:08: Day-Lewis and Del Toro May Star in Scorsese’s ‘Sil… (von greenknight333) 03.02.09, 13:06: What’s Happening With The Gears Of War Movie?

    It’s really weird Vic

    Hey wait I hear the Twilight Zone music softly playing somewhere… :)

  14. @greenknight

    Thanks, bud. I’m having the weekend from hell dealing with server problems.


  15. Scorsese has a fan following, and he seems to always deliver for his fans. I have known some guys who will ALWAYS go to his films, and these aren’t exactly film going people.

    I foresee “Silence” as being another film that will deliver for his fanbase in a big way. I am looking forward to it.

  16. Scorsese has been treading water for decades.
    Bland bio-pics, shameless pop documentaries,
    insipid retreads and repeats —and now this.

    Hey Marty! -You want something startling and
    relevant out of Asia -try the fact that America
    and the West are now being underwritten by some
    of the most awesome genocidal monsters in human
    history. I mean 70 million murders -in ‘peacetime’
    in the name of ‘social progress’ unoutted and
    unanswered for. That’s right —check it out online

    —-and then WISH you were JOHN HUSTON…

    —–and wish you weren’t on their payroll too!!