Benicio del Toro, Gael Garcia Bernal Negotiating to Star in New Scorsese Film

Martin Scorsese is out to make his next film, Silence, with none other than our favorite leading man, Benicio del Toro. This would be the first time the two powerhouses have teamed up. The story, based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo, is set in 17th century Japan where Christian converts are being tortured by the Japanese government to rid the country of Western influence. Del Toro and Daniel Day-Lewis, who worked with Scorsese on Gangs of New York and The Age of Innocence, are in negotiations to star as two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan in search of their mentor and to support Christian converts. They find themselves in peril on their journey and confronted with questions of their faith as they see Christians being tortured and receive only “silence” from God. Gael Garcia Bernal is also vying for a role, which is expected to begin shooting in New Zealand sometime this year.

So, aside from the certain fate of Oscar looming all over this film, the hottie fest is another reason we’ll be front row on opening night.