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Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro In Talks to Star in Scorsese’s Silence

martinscorsese-020209Martin Scorsese hopes to make Silence his next film and according to Variety, the director is working with Graham King’s GK Films on negotiating with Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro to star.  Production is expected to begin later this year in New Zealand.

The drama is set in 17th century and is about two Jesuit priests facing violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.  The film is based on the Shusaku Endo novel, and was adapted by Jay Cooks.  Scorsese has been interested in the project for more than a decade.