Andrew Garfield has signed on to play a priest in Martin Scorsese's new film, Silence.
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9 May 2013 - 12:52 PM  UPDATED 24 May 2013 - 7:33 PM

Now Leonardo DiCaprio knows how Robert De Niro feels. The actor has made five films with America's greatest living filmmaker, Martin Scorsese, beginning with 2002's Gangs of New York and finishing with the financial thriller The Wolf of Wall Street, due out at year's end. DiCaprio became Scorsese's muse, as Robert De Niro previously had been in eight or so productions spread over more than two momentous decades. But in casting his next movie, the faith-based period drama Silence, Scorsese has alighted upon a new leading man. English actor Andrew Garfield, best know for The Social Network and The Amazing Spider-Man, will star in the film.

This will be a decidedly different challenge for the lanky Brit. Silence is set in 17th century Japan, where a pair of Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they arrive in the insular feudal world to spread the Christian message. Garfield will play the younger of the missionaries, with his older, possibly fallen, mentor still to be cast. Powerhouse Japanese actor Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception) will play their interpreter, and those involved will be charged with completing a project Scorsese has harboured for over 20 years. Previously both Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro looked set to star in his adaptation of Shusako Endo's novel.

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Jane Got a Gun update # we lost track: the latest change at the in-production western about a frontier wife forced to ask a gunslinger and former love to save her injured husband from a villainous posse is that Ewan McGregor will now play the bad guy threatening Natalie Portman's wounded spouse. McGregor replaces Bradley Cooper, who previously replaced Jude Law, who left when director Lynne Ramsay was replaced by Gavin O'Connor. Next week Vin Diesel will replace McGregor and Michelle Rodriguez will replace Portman and some fast cars will replace the horses and it will become Fast and Furious 8.

Cooper seals new role in next Spielberg film
Don't feel sorry for Cooper, as he is not exactly short of work. The actor, who will shortly have the diverse pairing of The Place Beyond the Pines and The Hangover Part III in cinemas, has just signed on to play the lead in Steven Spielberg's follow-up to Lincoln. American Sniper is based on the life of Chris Kyle, a former US Navy Seal who killed more 150 people during the Iraq War, making him the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, and recounted it in a best-selling memoir. Kyle lived and died by the gun, being one of two men shot at a gun range earlier this year by a former U.S. Marine suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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