180234580 Liam Neeson Taking Martin Scorseses SilenceJust because he’s a major action star now doesn’t mean Liam Neeson doesn’t still itch to flex his dramatic muscles.

Deadline reports that the “Taken” star is reuniting with “Gangs of New York” director Martin Scorsese to star in “Silence,” an epic saga set in 17th-century Japan.

Neeson joins Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe in the adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel about Jesuit priests who face persecution while spreading Christianity throughout Japan. Scorsese (after a legal battle with the film’s producer) is set to begin shooting this summer.

In the meantime, Neeson might fit the filming of “Taken 3″ before then. He is reprising his butt-kicking role from the first two hit movies, joined by Maggie Grace and newcomer Forest Whitaker.

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