Scorsese Wants to direct Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro

by Joey Paur

Now this would make a great team! Martin Scorsese is getting some casting work done for his next film project 'Silence', and Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro are currently in negotiations to star in the movie. I think Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the best actors in Hollywood, he has never made a bad movie. Then to team him up with Del Toro and once again with one of the great directors in Hollywood history! We are going to have ourselves one hell of a good movie to watch. Variety reports:

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 was adapted by Jay Cocks. Scorsese has had the project on his radar for more than a decade.
The film would be Day-Lewis' third with Scorsese following "Gangs of New York" and "The Age of Innocence." Day-Lewis has completed the Rob Marshall-directed musical "Nine."
"Silence" would mark the first collaboration for Scorsese and Del Toro, who most recently starred in the Steven Soderbergh-directed "Che" and next stars as the title character in "The Wolf Man." Garcia Bernal, best known for "Babel" and "Y tu mama tambien," is in early talks.

Scorsese and Day-Lewis previously worked together on 'Gangs of New York', Age of Innocence'.  Day-Lewis has also recently completed Rob Marshall's musical 'Nine'.  This should make for a really interesting a and good movie. I just wanted to ad a little book description that I found that sheds a little more light on the story these guys plan on telling:

Sustained by dreams of glorious martyrdom, a seventeenth-century Purtuguese missionary in Japan administers to the outlawed Christians until Japanese authorities capture him and force him to watch the torture of his followers, promising to stop if he will renounce Christ.

That sounds pretty intense.

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