Ciarán will star alongside his longtime friend Liam Neeson in Silence, Martin Scorsese’s pet project for almost two decades, a story about the challenges faced by Jesuit missionaries attempting to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan, based on Shusaku Endo’s novel.
“The subject matter is very close to my heart. I’ve been working on it since I first read the book in 1989”, Scorsese said. “It deals with spiritual matters in a concrete, physical world; a world where invariably the worst of human nature is revealed.”
Ciarán will play Alessandro Valignano (1539-1606), the Italian missionary who oversaw Jesuit activity in Asia for over thirty years.
Silence is expected to be released in time for the 2016 awards season.