New Scorsese film "Silence" to be filmed in Taiwan

New Scorsese film "Silence" to be filmed in Taiwan
US director Martin Scorsese attends the 'A Thousand Times Good Night' premiere during the opening of the 13th annual Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech.

LOS ANGELES - Martin Scorsese's new film "Silence" will begin shooting January 30 in Taiwan, two financial backers of the film said.

Preparations for the filming began in November, the companies Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword said in a statement announcing that they were taking part in the co-production of the new film by the prize-winning director of such movies as "Taxi Driver" and "Casino."

Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver will star in the film, the first by Scorsese since "Wolf of Wall Street" which came out in 2013.

The new film, based on a novel by Shusaku Endo, portrays Portuguese Jesuits in the 17th century suffering persecution as they work in isolated areas of Japan.

"I've wanted to make 'Silence' for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality. It is heartening to have adventurous partners like Fabrica and Sharpsword to work with on this picture," Scorsese said in a statement.

The film is scheduled to come out in 2016.

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