Thursday 25 December 2014

Liam Neeson to play priest in new epic movie

Nick Bramhill

Published 05/08/2014 | 02:30

WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Actor Liam Neeson attends the premiere of Universal Pictures and Studiocanal's 'Non-Stop' at Regency Village Theatre on February 24, 2014 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Liam Neeson attends the premiere of Universal Pictures and Studiocanal's 'Non-Stop' at Regency Village Theatre on February 24, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

LIAM Neeson is to play a Jesuit missionary in his next major production.

The veteran actor will star in the lead role in Martin Scorsese's 'Silence', which is described as the epic story about Jesuit missionaries who risked persecution to spread the Gospel to Buddhists in Japan in the 17th Century.

Neeson (62) will play Jesuit Father Ferreira and star alongside 'Amazing Spider Man' actor Andrew Garfield, according to Catholic news website ucanews.com. The website reports that the project is due to start filming next month "after several years of delays and litigation".

Scorsese, who had an Italian Catholic upbringing, caused controversy with his 1988 drama 'The Last Temptation of Christ', which depicted the crucified Christ imagining another easier life in which he'd married Mary Magdalene, who had borne his children. Neeson was confirmed last week as Ireland's box office king, having starred in films that have raked in €4bn at the box office worldwide.

Irish Independent

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