by Justin Dweeber at . Comments

For year, Martin Scorsese has been trying to get an adaptation of Shusako Endo's novel Silence off the ground.

Now, that movie is finally under way.

Andrew Garfield has been cast in Silence, in the lead role, a 17th-Century Portuguese priest. Ken Watanabe will play a Japanese translator.

Andrew Garfield at Spider-Man Premiere

The film follows two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to investigate claims of religious persecution.

The role of the second priest has yet to be cast.