Jana B. here –
Martin Scorsese is a filmmaker of genius levels.Most people have seen at least one of his masterpieces and can tell you some of the elements he usually employs, like the criminal underworld, prolific use of profanity and Leonardo DiCaprio. Using his fail safe methods, themes and switching Robert DeNiro for DiCaprio is a combination that lands him with award nominations and wins. He has directed many actors into the land of accolades as well. Coming high off DiCaprio’s Golden Globe nomination and subsequent win for his role as Jordan Belfort in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘.
Hoping to repeat his tried and true formula, Scorsese is busy casting his upcoming movie, ‘Silence‘. ‘Silence‘ will tell the story of two Jesuit Priests in 17th Century Japan battling the ideals of the Tokugawa shogunate as they ban Catholicism and most foreign contact. Already cast in the time piece are Andrew Garfield (‘The Social Network’, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’) and Ken Watanabe (‘The Last Samurai’, ‘Batman Begins’). Joining the cast is Adam Driver (‘Lincoln’ and TV’s ‘Girls’). We will see him later this year in the John Curran-directed ‘Tracks‘, where he will co-star with Mia Wasikowska (‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Stoker’).
Scorsese said shooting for ‘Silence‘ will begin next summer. He has to finish up his winter with promotion for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘ for Oscar consideration.
I watched ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ last night. That movie is the type of film I simply can’t get enough of. DiCaprio was in prime mode playing the larger than life Belfort. With a screenplay that calls for huge excesses in every part of the character, Leo delivered. Boom! He was insanely high when he was high, and if he was going to bang a hooker, you knew he put every bit of energy into that, as well. I’m a huge fan of Scorsese anyway, with movies like ‘Goodfellas‘, ‘Gangs of New York’, and ‘The Departed’, what’s NOT to love?