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Martin Scorsese’s Silence gets a new image while The Irishman may begin filming next year

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Silence is the new film from Martin Scorsese. It stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Ciarán Hinds, Yoshi Oida, Issei Ogata andAdam Driver. The film is based on the 1966 novel written by Shûsaku Endô and Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York) wrote the adaptation.

Silence follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and spread the gospel of Christianity.

Silence producer Irwin Winkler has said the film will have a run-time of 2 hours and 39 minutes. Paramount has set a limited release for December 23, going wider with hoped-for Oscar nominations in January.

“We went to Taiwan to make the movie, which is set in Japan in 1620,” production designer Dante Ferretti told Variety. “I had prepared [for] this film five times before we actually got to shoot it because [previously] the money never came through. Previously I’d done scouting in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Northern California, Canada. Then we ended up making another movie with Martin [The Wolf of Wall Street]. Silence is my ninth movie with him. I also did the costumes for this film. Then we went to Taipei where there was a studio with affordable prices and the surrounding area looked like Japan. So we rebuilt a part of [ancient] Nagasaki and some villages and areas of Macao. The coast of Taiwan is quite similar to Japan.”

Ferretti also spoke about Scorsese’s next project, The Irishman, which is set to stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Bobby Cannavale. Although Pesci may have dropped out.

“We’ve talked about it; but we still have to see when and how it will be shot. I never say ‘I’m doing to do this or that’ until it’s signed. Theoretically we’ve talked about shooting this film next year in February or March.”

The Irishman is a crime drama about Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman whose illustrious career is today best-known for a supposed involvement in the death of Jimmy Hoffa.

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Via The Film Stage

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