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Thursday 18 September 2014

Garfield joins Scorsese's Silence

Andrew Garfield will play a Jesuit priest in Silence

Andrew Garfield has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese's new film Silence.

The Spider-Man actor will take the lead part in the film about the roots of religious faith, says Variety.

He will star alongside Inception actor Ken Watanabe, who has already signed up.

The film is an adaptation of a Japanese novel by Shusaku Endo and is due to start shooting in June 2014.

Scorsese told Variety: "It's a thriller. Thriller meaning they are undercover. I'm interested in this, whether it's undercover priests or undercover cops."

Andrew will star as Father Rodrigues, a Jesuit priest who travels to Japan in the 17th century to find out whether his mentor has abandoned the church.

Ken will take the part of the priest's Japanese interpreter in what is mainly a Japanese language film.

Scorsese, who once wanted to become a priest and also directed the controversial 1988 film The Last Temptation Of Christ, talked about making another religious film.

He said: "It's difficult for people to understand who are not part of that world that I grew up in, which was Roman Catholicism in New York City in the 1950s. I was impressed enough to try to become part of that world, and realised at the age of 15 or 16 that it was much tougher, much more complicated than I thought in terms of vocation."

His next film The Wolf Of Wall Street, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, is out later this year.

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