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Scorsese to Direct Movie About 17th Century Jesuit Missionary in Japan

I get a little nervous anytime Hollywood takes on religion. But one can hope, can't one?

Martin Scorsese, whose 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ ignited national controversy, is negotiating with Paramount Studios to distribute a new movie about Jesuit missionaries, according to the show business newspaper Variety. The historical drama Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson and begins shooting in Taiwan later this year. Based on Shusaku Endo’s 1980 novel of the same name, it’s a dark, true tale set in 17th-century Japan. The Jesuit order sends a young priest (Garfield) to find his Portuguese mentor who has been missing for 10 years. Rome believes the older Jesuit (Neeson) may have renounced his faith under torture during the severe persecution of Christian missionaries and converts.
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