Liam Neeson Joins Martin Scorsese’s passion project ‘Silence’

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o-LIAM-NEESON-TAKEN-2-10-MILLION-facebookDirector Martin Scorsese‘s long gestating passion project Silence is finally nearing the starting line. We’ve already had Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe, and Adam Driver cast in three of the main roles for the film, and now Liam Neeson has joined the cast of the movie as well. Neeson has already worked with Scorsese before, turning in a nice almost cameo in Gangs of New York, so they’re definitely familiar with each other. This is an interesting cast for Scorsese, even if we’re not getting another collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis. After the near masterpiece that was The Wolf of Wall Street, I’m ready for whatever Marty has in store for us here, even if I’d guess it’s potentially closer to Kundun than The Last Temptation of Christ.

Here’s the quick hit from Vulture:

Liam Neeson Joins Scorsese’s Silence

Neeson will star alongside Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe, and Adam Driver in the adaptation of Shusako Endo’s novel by the same name. The film — about a Portuguese missionary who is sent to seventeenth-century Japan — has been in the works for almost twenty years; Neeson’s role hasn’t been confirmed, but we’re guessing he might play the missionary’s mentor? Do mentors usually punch a lot of people?

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