Scorsese to direct movie about Jesuits

Posted by Katie Loftus
Thursday 18, September 2014 | Category:   Catholic culture

Holiness and Hollywood seem to go hand in hand these days. The latest religious film reportedly coming to theaters soon is Martin Scorsese’s upcoming project, Silence, starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson, which will begin shooting in Taiwan later this year. The film is based on a 1980 novel by Shusaku Endo, set in 17th-century Japan.

 The movie plot, according to The Huffington Post: “The Jesuit order sends a young priest (Garfield) to find his Portuguese mentor who has been missing for 10 years. Rome believes the older Jesuit (Neeson) may have renounced his faith under torture during the severe persecution of Christian missionaries and converts.”

This is not the first time the Jesuits have been featured in film. Movies such as The Mission (1986) and Black Robe (1991) show Jesuits in action. Why is the order popular among Hollywood filmmakers? “Jesuit missionaries were on the forefront of globalization before the term became trendy. Their lives and ministries dramatized the meeting of civilizations. … That’s high drama,” Rev. Thomas J. Reese explained in The Huffington Post report. 

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