This will be the third collaboration between Scorsese and Day-Lewis, who have had a happy director-actor relationship in both “The Age of Innocence” and “The Gangs of New York.” (It must be extremely happy — you might remember that Scorsese lured Day-Lewis away from being a cobbler in Italy and back to acting to be in “Gangs.”)
Based on Shusako Endo’s historical novel of 17th century Japan, it’s the story of two Portuguese Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to investigate the fate of their mentor, and to continue the spread of Catholicism in Japan. But they find the Christian population driven underground, their mentor in prison, and a political and religious climate that is fraught with danger, torture, and personal anguish.
It has been a dream project for Scorsese for more than a decade, although he only just announced his intention to film it this past summer. He plans to start production in New Zealand later this year, though he has no distibutor yet (finding one shouldn’t be a problem), and will be financed by his collaborator Graham King.
Considering that everything Scorsese and Day-Lewis touch turns into cinematic gold, this one should be a contender at a future Oscar ceremony.
MTV readers, are you intrigued to see Day-Lewis and Scorsese work together again? Are you glad to see the legendary director do a line change-up from Leonardo DiCaprio?