Andrew Garfield has signed up for Martin Scorsese's 'Silence'.
The 'Amazing Spider-Man' actor will star as priest Father Rodrigues in the drama film, which tells the story of his character and another Portuguese Jesuit who go on a voyage to Japan in the 17th Century amid rumours his mentor has abandoned the church.
Scorsese - who grew up in a devoutly Catholic environment and initially dreamed of being a priest - admits the project is close to his heart, but has concerns about whether the plot can be implemented effectively on the big screen.
He told Variety: "It's something that has always been part of my life. It's difficult for people to understand who are not part of that world that I grew up in, which was Roman Catholicism in New York City in the 1950s. I was impressed enough to try to become part of that world, and realised at the age of 15 or 16 that it was much tougher, much more complicated than I thought ... in terms of vocation.
"It seems to have been a great idea, but can it be implemented? And if it is, it seems that it has to be on an individual level, in how one behaves, in how one treats other people in one's own lives."
Production on the motion picture - which is being adapted from novelist Shusaku Endo's book of the same name - is scheduled to start in June 2014, and 'Inception' star Ken Watanabe will also appear in the project.
Emma Koskoff will produce the movie alongside Irwin Winkler, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Vittorio Cecchi Gori and Barbara De Fina.