Between the season premiere of Girls last night, a song on the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack, speculation regarding a big-time production, and this latest news, we’d say Adam Driver is doing rather well for himself. In regards to the lattermost — the most exciting of these developments — Martin Scorsese told ShowBiz411 that his long-pending passion project, Silence, will make room for the actor, who’s to go in front of cameras this summer — a timeframe that had been revealed in May’s casting notice, wherein it was first announced that Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe will take center stage.
With Jay Cocks adapting Shusaku Endo‘s novel, Scorsese is following the corrupt brokers of Wall Street with Father Rodrigues, “a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church.” Watanabe, as the interpreter, will be a key figure, for a majority of Silence‘s dialogue is to be in Japanese — a characteristic which immediately cuts down its potential for a wide audience, despite the helmer calling it “a thriller” of men going undercover. No matter the extent to which the effort winds up being seen, it’s already our most-anticipated picture of 2015 — and we certainly don’t foresee a significant drop.
Adding to a news item that had trickled in one month back, Variety tell us Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo) are joining Hailee Steinfeld for starring roles in Ten Thousand Saints, Shari Berman and Bob Pulcini‘s (Girl Most Likely, American Splendor) rock-centered, New York-set period piece. The newest additions will be taking the (pun somewhat intended) spotlight, playing a father and son pairing (do I need to clarify who’s who?) brought together when the latter, Jude, is sent from Vermont to New York after the overdose of his best friend, only to land himself in the drug- and sex-free late-80s punk scene.
Archer Gray Productions and Maven Pictures will produce the film, which is itself taken from an Eleanor Henderson-penned novel.
In ScreenDaily, there’s a report that Adrien Brody and Sam Neill have been filming a thriller, Backtrack, since January 6, under the watch of sophomore writer-director Michael Petroni (Till Human Voices Wake Us). A story of “childhood memories, loss, [and g]uilt,” it’s centered on “a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.” These events, as this first still will illustrate, cause a bit of distress.
See Pictures, Antonia Barnard, and Petroni have put producing credits on Backtrack; sales commence at next month’s Berlinale.
Further into the realm of now-shooting productions, Variety have learned that Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, and Bel Powley have been tapped to headline The Diary of a Teenage Girl; Marielle Heller is helming for Caviar Cold Iron Pictures, and Archer Gray. First adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner‘s graphic novel and, then, developed in the Sundance Institute Lab, the picture sees the lattermost thespian, in her American debut, portray “a brutally honest teenage artist living in San Francisco in the 1970s as she attempts to navigate her way through an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.”
THR have news regarding the co-writer of last year’s most-acclaimed blockbuster, informing us that Jonás Cuarón‘s second feature — and his follow-up the Gravity accompaniment piece, Aningaaq — Desierto, will feature the talents of Jeffrey Dean Morgan. When announced in August, we learned that Gael García Bernal would lead the project, which is centered on a pair of illegal immigrants whose attempts to cross the U.S.-Mexico border are impeded by “a drunk American citizen who has taken border patrol into his own hands” — precisely where the newest addition comes in and where conflict begins to heat up.
Cuarón will commence production next month.
Finally, THR have one more casting item: Kristin Scott Thomas is the star of The Kitchen Boy, Stefan Ruzowitzky‘s (The Counterfeiters) adaptation of Robert Alexander‘s novel, here put into script form by Sir Ronald Harwood. Seen through the eyes of the titular worker, Leonka Sednyov, it chronicles, in a manner of historical fiction, “the final weeks in the lives of Russia’s last tsar and tsarina, Nicholas II and Alexandra Romanov, and their children, when the family was banished to Siberia.”
With Back Lot Pictures on producing duties, The Kitchen Boy will shoot this summer.
Do you think Driver and Scorsese could make a fine pairing? How do the other announcements strike you?