Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson
Plot: The story of two Catholic missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when Catholicism was outlawed and their presence forbidden.
Daniel Day-Lewis & Liam Neeson replaced one & another in projects that were both grounded in development for years. Neeson was primarily set to play in the lead role of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012) for years while it was stuck in development but when Neeson dropped out of the project, Day-Lewis was brought in as his replacement. Ironically, Neeson would replace Day-Lewis in this film after Day-Lewis was initially set to play in the role of Father Ferreira in this film for years while it too was stuck in development.
When the project was announced, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gael García Bernal and Benicio Del Toro were cast in the lead roles. Day-Lewis was originally set to play Father Ferreira, Bernal was initially set to play Father Rodrigues, & Del Toro was formerly set to play Father Francisco Garrpe. They all dropped out of the project after repeated delays in the production's development. Bernal & Del Toro were replaced by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver respectively while Liam Neeson replaced Day-Lewis.
The story is based on actual historical facts, but while keeping the character name of the hero's mentor Father Ferreira who was an actual historical figure, author Shusaku Endo changed the nationality of hero who historically was an Italian called Giuseppe Cara to Portuguese, thus making him the same nationality as Ferreira, and gave him the fictional name of Sebastian Rodrigo (in the English translation, translated as Rodrigues).
Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Jay Cocks had written an early draft of the film in the 1990s with the intention of Scorsese directing it after Gangs of New York (2002). But when Scorsese couldn't get financing for the project, he decided instead to do The Aviator (2004).
Ken Watanabe was originally slated to portray a Japanese interpreter to the Jesuit priests, but dropped out before filming commenced. He was replaced by Tadanobu Asano.
Adam Driver lost 50 pounds for the role; 30 lbs. before filming & 20 during filming.
Martin Scorsese's third religion-based film after The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Kundun (1997).
Liam Neeson lost 20 pounds for his role.
The second film based on the novel of the same name. The first was a Japanese production and was released in 1971, about 5 years after the book was published in 1966
After Andrew Garfields character apostatizes, a rooster can be heard crowing three times. In the Bible, after Peter denies Jesus, it is written that a rooster crowed three times.