Martin Scorsese to direct movie in Israel

Drawing inspiration from Shusaku Endo's 1973 novel "A Life of Jesus," Scorsese will take on this ambitious project, set to traverse Italy and Egypt, capturing the essence of the biblical narrative; The director, known for his masterful storytelling, will have to contend with security concerns currently engulfing the region

Despite the accolades still pouring in for the movie"Killers of the Flower Moon," the ever-prolific Martin Scorsese, at 81 years young, is already setting his sights on new horizons. Whispers from the industry suggest two captivating narratives are brewing in his mind: one, a cinematic exploration of the iconic Frank Sinatra, and the other, a journey into the life of Jesus, with the Holy Land itself serving as a backdrop, as per the entertainment publication Variety.
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This exploration of Jesus' life, reportedly funded by Scorsese himself, draws inspiration from the 1973 literary work "Life of Jesus," penned by Japanese author Shusaku Endo. Speculation is rife about potential collaborations with actors Andrew Garfield and Miles Teller, though their specific roles in this biblical epic remain shrouded in secrecy.
Filming is anticipated to commence later this year, spanning across the landscapes of Israel, Italy and Egypt. However, when questioned about the complexities of filming amid the ongoing conflict in the region, Scorsese's representatives opted for a discreet silence.
Meanwhile, the Sinatra project is navigating its own set of hurdles. The film awaits the crucial green light from Sinatra's daughter, Tina. Nonetheless, the wheels of casting seem to be turning, with Hollywood heavyweights Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence potentially taking on the roles of the legendary singer and his second wife, Ava Gardner, respectively.
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