From social media platform mogul to webslinging hero, Andrew Garfieldâ€™s stock has yet to reach its peak, and now the actor will add another project to his resume that will surely bring his name up a few more ticks. Variety broke the news that the actor will star alongside Ken Watanabe in Martin Scorseseâ€™s adaptation of Shusaku Endoâ€™s novel Silence. Like the novel, the film will center on Jesuits who spread Christianity in 17th century Japan.
Garfield will play Father Rodriguez, one of the priests who will attempt to spread the word of the Gospel, while Watanabe will play the priestâ€™s interpeter. The report says that as soon as Scorsese completes his work on The Wolf of Wall Street, which is scheduled for a December release, he would start to film Silence in Summer 2014 for a holiday 2015 release.
Hereâ€™s what Scorsese told Variety about the project:
â€œItâ€™s something that has always been part of my life,â€ he says. â€œItâ€™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 realized at the age of 15 or 16 that it was much tougher, much more complicated than I thought â€¦ in terms of vocation.â€
When asked if it was an appropriate time to release a film about Catholism in a time when that religion is trying to save face, Scorsese said:
â€œNot at all. Certainly, itâ€™s a religious subject, but the mystery that Iâ€™m talking about, Rodriguesâ€™ conflict with himself, and the essence of Christianity â€” which is something I believe in strongly â€” is timeless, and has to do with who we are as human beings.â€