Liam Neeson reportedly joins film adaptation of Shusaku Endo novel 'Silence'

Director Martin Scorsese is set to helm the adaptation of Endo's novel.

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Liam Neeson will reportedly star in the film adaptation of 'Silence.'

Actor Liam Neeson will reportedly star in the long-awaited adaptation of author Shusaku Endo’s novel “Silence,” which is set to be directed by Martin Scorsese.

“Silence” was first published in 1966 and follows a Jesuit missionary living in the seventeenth century who travels to Japan to investigate whether a priest there has renounced his religion. He and a fellow Jesuit arrive in the country and witness the persecution of Christians taking place there.

According to Deadline, Scorsese has been hoping to adapt the novel for some time, and now Neeson has joined the project to co-star with “The Amazing Spider-Man” actor Andrew Garfield and “Inception” actor Ken Watanabe.

Scorsese’s latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” was released this past December and is up for several Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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