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Casting Watch: Andrew Garfield to Star in Martin Scorsese's Long-Awaited 'Silence'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 7, 2013 at 2:10PM

"Spider-Man" star and "Social Network" dreamboat Andrew Garfield has been cast in Martin Scorsese's highly anticipated, Japan-set "Silence."
Andrew Garfield

"Spider-Man" star and "Social Network" dreamboat Andrew Garfield will break the two-decade long silence on Martin Scorsese's "Silence," which goes to the Cannes buyers' market this May.

Though not Portuguese himself, Garfield has been cast to play Father Rodrigues, a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan to tout the gospel of Christianity. Adapted from Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel, the film was once rumored to star Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal, and it's unknown whether they remain attached to the project or not. Japanese star Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai") will co-star with Garfield.

"Silence" has been on pause for years but has been a dream project of Scorsese's since he read the novel 25 years ago, according to an interview with the director in Variety.

Scorsese, currently wrapping up "The Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo DiCaprio (allegedly the "Great Gatsby" star's last role for awhile), is still location scouting for the production, which is co-financed by Emmett/Furla Films and Corsan Films. Last year, "Silence" got backing from Cecchi Gori Pictures. The film will hit the Cannes international buyers' market this month, a first for Scorsese who has served on the Cannes jury and shown four films in competition.

With Andrew Garfield now officially cast, "Silence" will have a future, though given the film's thwarted past, it has a long journey ahead.

This article is related to: Andrew Garfield, Martin Scorsese

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.