Contractor Killed on Martin Scorsese, Liam Neeson Movie Set

by Jackie Willis 4:14 AM PST, January 29, 2015
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A third-party contractor was reportedly killed while on set of director Martin Scorsese's new film Silence.

The Wrap reports that one employee died and two others were injured after a ceiling collapsed in the building they were sent to reinforce on the backlot of the Taiwan set. The structure had been deemed unsafe by production, which is why the three were sent to work on it.

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"Today there was an unfortunate accident at CMPC Studios in Taiwan, where the Martin Scorsese film, Silence, is in pre-production," the spokesman said in a statement to the website. "Everyone is in shock and sorrow and expresses their deepest concern and sympathy to the families of the individual who died and those who were injured."

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Silence, also starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, is set in the 17th century and follows two Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. Based on the novel by Shusaku Endo, the historic drama is expected to hit theaters in 2016.