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Twelve years ago, Liam Neeson had his first chance to work with Martin Scorsese, starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis as 'Priest' Vallon in 2002's Gangs of New York. One must imagine that the experience was a pleasurable and memorable one for both the actor and the filmmaker, because now they're getting ready to work together again. It has been announced that Neeson is the latest star to join the cast of Scorsese''s upcoming period drama Silence, which is already set to feature Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Ken Watanabe.
The movie is an adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel of the same name and follows a pair of Jersuit Priests as they travel to Japan in the 17th century to try and spread the word of Christianity and find their mentor. What they end up being faced with, however, is terrifying violence and persecution. Deadline, which first reported Neeson's casting in the film, doesn't mention what role he will be playing. Jay Cocks, who also happened to write the script for Gangs of New York, is penning the screenplay and production is being planned to start later this year in Taiwan in advance of a 2015 release date (which has not yet been announced).
At age 62 Neeson is probably more popular now than he's ever been before in his career - which is a side-effect that comes with being awesome in every role he takes on. Just yesterday we got to see him in the first trailer for Seth MacFarlane's Western comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West:
But also slated to come out in the next few months is the animated, family-friendly The LEGO Movie; the airline thriller Non-Stop, the crime thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones, and the hitman thriller Run All Night. Sadly we don't have trailers yet for the last two, but you can preview the first two below:
In addition to Silence, Neeson's upcoming slate will also have him complete the Taken trilogy with Taken 3. Deadline doesn't say which movie the actor could end up shooting first, but the action flick is also coming together fast, having just added Forrest Whitaker in a supporting role.