Liam Neeson Lands Role in Martin Scorsese's Next Film 'Silence'


Liam Neeson


In the long-delayed project, the 'Non-Stop' actor will play a priest who has gone missing in Japan in the 17th century.

Liam Neeson returns to his dramatic roots after making a name as an action star in gritty "Taken". The "Schindler's List" actor is tapped to star in Martin Scorsese's "Silence" which is adapted from Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel of historical fiction.

The story set in 17th century will revolve around a Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest to investigate an alleged religious persecution. Scorsese writes the script with Jay Cocks. Production is expected to begin in Taiwan later this year.

Andrew Garfield has been cast as one of the priests named Father Rodrigues, and Adam Driver is allegedly tapped as the other priest. Neeson, meanwhile, will play Rodriques' mentor who has gone missing in Japan. Ken Watanabe will join the cast as well.

The project has been in development for more than 20 years. In August 2012, Scorsese was sued by Cecchi Gori Pictures for allegedly breaching an agreement to direct "Silence" as his next movie by choosing to make "The Wolf of Wall Street" first. The dispute was finally settled in Los Angeles Superior Court on January 17.

Neeson will next be seen in action thriller "Non-Stop", western comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West", and crime drama "A Walk Among the Tombstones". He will also voice the Raccoon in "The Nut Job" and the Bad Cop in "The Lego Movie".

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Sylvester Stallone May Star in More Marvel Films After 'GOTG 2'
  2. Kim Kardashian's 'Jealous' of Kourtney's Hot Beach Body
  3. 'The Voice' Live Top 12 Eliminations: Who Is the First to Get Sent Home?
  4. Scott Gimple Teases Rick's Death in 'The Walking Dead' Season 8
  5. Inside Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's Plan to Get More Money From 'The Voice'
  6. 'KUWTK': Lisa Rinna's Family to Replace the Kardashians
  7. Is Gigi Hadid Taking Her Diet Too Far? Her Extreme Weight Loss Raises Concern
  8. 'The Walking Dead': The First Two New Characters in Season 8 Revealed
  9. Find Out Why Kim and Kourtney Kardashian Bans Kanye West From Mexican Trip
  10. 'The Flash' 3.20 Promo: Savitar Will Be Unmasked in 'I Know Who You Are'

CELEBS PHOTO