Adam Driver Joins Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

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One of the biggest breakouts of HBO’s Girls isn’t a girl at all. Adam Driver‘s name has cropped up in connection to everything from Batman vs. Superman to Star Wars Episode VII, and those are just his rumored roles. He’s actually appeared in projects directed by the likes of Noah Baumbach, Steven Spielberg, and the Coen Brothers. Not bad for a guy we hadn’t heard of two years ago.

Now it seems Martin Scorsese is the latest to take notice of this white-hot star. According to a new report, Driver is set to join Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe in Scorsese’s Silence, a drama set in 17th century Japan. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Martin Scorsese Only Has a “Couple More” Films Left

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Martin Scorsese‘s had a prolific career, giving us nearly two dozen narrative features in the past fifty years — and that’s not even counting the various documentaries, shorts, TV episodes, and commercials he’s also put out in that time. But now the iconic filmmaker’s career may be nearing an end.

Speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival, Scorsese said that he only has a “couple more” movies left in him and that in fact, it’s only thanks to his frequent star Leonardo DiCaprio that he’s even kept going this long. Read his comments after the jump.

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Each time Andrew Garfield‘s name comes up for a project these days, it’s seemingly bigger and more impressive than the last thing. He was crucial to David Fincher’s The Social Network, he re-imagined your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and now arguably the greatest living filmmaker has tapped him to star in his new project.

Martin Scorsese has cast Garfield as the lead in in Silence, based on an Shusaku Endo novel about Jesuits who attempt to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan. He’ll be joined by Ken Watanabe and filming is set to start Summer 2014. Garfield will play Father Rodrigues, who travels to Japan with a priest and Watanabe will play the priest’s interpreter. Read More »

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For quite a few years we’ve heard about Martin Scorsese‘s desire to adapt the Shusaku Endo novel Silence, about Jesuits who attempt to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan. For various reasons the project has never quite come to fruition. Once nearly set to shoot with Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead, the film fell behind many of the director’s other projects when it came time to set up the financing and scheduling films. Shutter Island, then Hugo, and The Wolf of Wall Street all ended up shooting first. Lawsuits have even been filed by producers claiming damages thanks to the delays.

Now Silence seems like it is finally ready to go as financing is set and a shoot is planned for July 2014. Read More »

The story of the lawsuit filed by Cecchi Gori Pictures against Martin Scorsese and his production company is getting interesting and entertaining. Yesterday the details of the lawsuit emerged, as the company alleges that Scorsese & Co. have not followed through on (a) an agreement to make the film Silence, and (b) payments owed when Scorsese made Hugo instead of Silence.

Now the Scorsese camp has fired back, an the language used isn’t exactly kind or gentle. Read More »

We’ve waited for quite some time for Martin Scorsese to make his “Jesuit drama” Silence, based on the novel by Shusako Endo novel. He had planned to do the movie almost fifteen years ago, and it has remained on the director’s “pending” slate ever since. After the release of Hugo, we thought Silence would be next.

So did the film’s producer, Vittorio Cecchi Gori of Cecchi Gori Pictures, who was surprised to read in the trades that Scorsese would instead be making The Wolf of Wall Street as his next film. Checchi Gori has now sued Scorsese for breach of contract, among other claims. So the big question is: will Silence happen at all, or might it be forced into being? The terms of this lawsuit seem simple at first, but get serious when you dig into the details. Short version: Silence is already a very expensive niche movie before a frame of film has even been shot.

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Hugo was Martin Scorsese‘s first foray into 3D, but given that that film was praised by many (myself included) as being among the best uses of 3D in recent years, it’s not surprising that the filmmaker is thinking of deploying that tool again for his next couple of projects. In a recent interview, Scorsese revealed that he’s “considering” 3D for a couple of upcoming projects — the Shusaku Endo adaptation Silence and his Frank Sinatra biopic. Of course, saying he’s thinking about it isn’t the same thing as confirming he’ll do it, but it’s an interesting possibility to think about as we look forward to his next steps. More after the jump.

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Good news for those who were beginning to fear that mainstream opportunities would forever interfere with Martin Scorsese‘s long-gestating adaptation of Shusaku Endo‘s novel Silence: the director says that Silence will be his next movie.

In the wake of Hugo‘s big critical acceptance, Scorsese has been linked to an adaptation of the thriller novel The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo, and he has also talked up possibilities such as The Irishman and The Gambler. The Snowman, at least, looks to be moving forward quickly, giving us reason to surmise that it would be the director’s next, supplanting Silence. Fortunately, Scorsese seems to have his eye firmly on the Jesuit drama that has been delayed for a couple years as other opportunities came up. Read More »

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Martin Scorsese is still promoting Shutter Island in various markets, which has led to a handful of big interviews that dive into the subject of various possible projects for the director. We know he’s working on The Invention of Hugo Cabret now, and intends to make the Jesuit drama Silence (delayed some time ago in favor of Shutter Island) afterward. But what of his biopic of Frank Sinatra? Read More »