By C. Molly Smith
January 05, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST
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• Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano has signed on for a lead role in director Martin Scorsese’s Silence. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver. Asano—whose credits include Mongol, Thor, and 47 Ronin—is replacing Ken Watanabe. He will play an interpreter who joins two Jesuit priests (Garfield and Driver) in pursuit of their mentor (Neeson) who traveled to 17th-century Japan on a Christian mission. Jay Cocks adapted Shusaku Endo’s novel for the screen. [Deadline]

• Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) and Maggie Grace (Taken) have claimed starring roles in Showing Roots. Set in a small Southern town in 1977, the film tracks the town’s reaction to the debut of Alex Haley’s Roots. Aduba and Grace will play two community members who, inspired by the miniseries, fight for integration. Michael Wilson is directing, and Susan Batten wrote the script. [Deadline]

• Dominic Sherwood, Jill Hennessy, Drea de Matteo, Charlbi Dean, and Sinclaire Schaefer have been cast in The Other. The story tracks a young man (Sherwood) and his battle with insanity. Rick Bieber is directing the horror film from a script he wrote. He and Ken Clark founded Minds I Cinema, a new independent feature film production company, which will launch the film. [Variety]