‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Star Andrew Garfield Joins Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:14 pm,

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It’s taken him a quarter of a century, but Martin Scorsese has finally made real progress on his previously inert adaptation of Silence, Japanese writer Shusaku Endo’s historical fiction novel. Starting off his week right, the celebrated filmmaker has not only obtained the required funding for his movie, but also a production green light and the services of Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield.

Ken Watanabe (Inception) will reportedly be joining Garfield on the screen, putting to rest old murmurings regarding Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro’s involvement. Emmett/Furla Films and Corsa Films are providing the financial backing; production allegedly will start in June of 2014, and location scouting is already underway, though additional details remain scarce at this time.

Scorsese does have a screenplay under his belt, which he completed work on back in 1996 with the aid of long-time collaborator, Jay Cocks. That alone should give an idea of just how much effort and energy has been expended trying to get Silence (which Japanese director Masahiro Shinoda adapted in 1971) off the ground. The announcement comes after more than two decades spent circling the project, in which time the ever-busy Scorsese made movies ranging from Goodfellas to Bringing Out the Dead to The Departed to Shutter Island.

At a glance, it appears that Scorsese’s own industriousness, as well as concerns over Silence‘s potential box office performance, are responsible for keeping the movie in stasis. Perhaps that’s not surprising; Silence, the story of a Portuguese Jesuit missionary sent to Japan to aid the Church and investigate accusations of apostasy, feels like a potential companion piece to Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. While that film proved to be a winner among critics, it sank commercially, so anxieties over Silence‘s ability to sell tickets might not be totally unfounded.

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A scene from Masahiro Shinoda’s ‘Silence’.

Nevertheless, the story has held a place in Scorsese’s heart for a very, very long time, and the prospect of him working on a film he has a personal stake in is exciting. Scorsese, a self-described “lapsed” Roman Catholic, was inspired by the novel’s no-frills approach to exploring Christian themes and ideology; while his more recent mainstream efforts have largely been satisfying, there’s something inherently compelling about him handling material that he feels a deeper connection to.

For Garfield, who will play Father Rodrigues, the missionary sent to Japan, signing on with Scorsese reads like a shrewd move. Garfield already has one Spider-Man film under his belt, with the sequel set for release next year. While Silence won’t start shooting until just after the start of The Amazing Spider-Man 2s theatrical run (and therefore may not appear in cinemas until 2015), working with Scorsese should be a much-needed change of pace from web-slinging for Garfield, and should provide him with an excellent stage on which to further develop as an actor. Meanwhile, Scorsese has The Wolf of Wall Street set for release this November.


We’ll keep you updated on the status of Silence.

Source: Variety

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  1. Meh…nothing interesting

  2. Sounds terribly boring.

  3. Idk if i can watch this film cause wantanbe accent drives me insane. When he speaks in inception i go nuts

    • The entire movie will be in japanese except for the English speaking characters… Watanabe will be speaking in his own language….

      • I did not know that lol good for me then

  4. It’s Scorsese. I’ll watch it.

  5. Nice, been waiting for Andrew Garfield to star in more movies, he’s a great actor.

    • More or less my feeling. Garfield has some serious chops- he’s easily the best element of TASM, and if anyone needs to be convinced of his talents outside of comic book movies, then his turns in The Social Network and Never Let Me Go should change their minds.

      • I was introduced to Garfield through Social Network and thought he was fantastic. He was one of the reasons why I looked into the Amazing Spider-man so early in its production. Haven’t seen Never Let Me Go yet though.

      • He was great in Never Let Me Go and The Social Network (the Oscars absolutely screwed him over). But it’s a shame most people haven’t seen him in Deaths of a Salesman. Absolutely brilliant performance by Andrew Garfield, and even better than his Social Network and NLMG performances.

  6. It’s Scorsese so I’ll probably see it. Wish he could get the Sinatra biopic or The Irishman underway though.

    It will be nice to see Garfield in another dramatic role. He was terrific in the Social Network.

  7. A veteran director in the autumn of his career bringing to production a pet project that he has been nuturing for 17 years…with no comment made about it’s commercial viability, or even artistic value beyond the director’s passion and the actor’s opportunity.

    What demographic is this move for? Besides those who are fans (rabid fans) of Martin Scorsese, exactly, who is in line to see this movie when it opens? I am a fan of the director, but not of all his movies; some are treasured, some are “one-off”, and some are un-watchable.

    Well, there is no rationale when it comes to an artist and his passion…and if you can get someone to finance it.

  8. Read this novel in college, was dreading it, but wound up loving it. A short while later I had found out that Scorsese had been trying to make it into a film for a while. This was right around the time The Departed came out, suffice it to say, I have been eagerly awaiting news on Silence. I had high hopes for Benecio, but still think this will turn out great. Garfield has some serious talent, and we all know what Scorsese can do…

  9. like garfield? check out Boy A. brilliant performance

    • His best performance to date,he’s a brilliant actor!Can’t wait for the movie!!