Brand New Still of Liam Neeson in upcoming Japanese/American Production
After years of planning, announcements, cancellations, delays, and all manners of speculation that come with one of the biggest filmmakers in the world and his dream project, Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation of SILENCE, an award-winning 1966 novel by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō, is coming to screens in 2016.
Following a group of Portuguese priests (Neeson, future STAR WARS villain Adam Driver, and THE SOCIAL NETWORK’s Andrew Garfield) seeking to preach Christianity in Japan, SILENCE now has revealed a new still on Twitch. The image depicts Neeson as Father Cristóvão Ferreira.
Twitch‘s piece also includes excerpts from the first event in SILENCE’s publicity tour. Liam Neeson recently sat down to discuss the film at the 2015 Los Cabos International Film Festival. He noted how SILENCE “struck very close to home” for the actor, who was “raised an Irish Catholic.”
Scorsese, one of American movie history’s Mount Rushmore directors, won’t be the first acclaimed auteur to take on the prestigious text, which won the 1966 Tanizaki Prize. In 1971, Japanese director Masahiro Shinoda (PALE FLOWER) adapted the novel for the screen, starring his wife, Shima Iwashita, and Yoshi Katō.
With a cast that includes Neeson, Driver, Garfield, Tadanobu Satō (ICHI THE KILLER himself), Shinya Tsukamoto (TETSUO: THE IRON MAN), and Issey Ogata (who played Emperor Hirohito in THE SUN), SILENCE will be one of the most anticipated films in recent years when it hits screens next year.