ByDaniel Pearson, writer at

A Taiwanese construction worker has been killed and two others injured after a ceiling collapsed on the set of Martin Scorsese's latest movie Silence in Taiwan.

According to the BBC, the ceiling collapsed at the Chinese Culture and Movie Center crushing 3 men during the pre-production stage of the upcoming movie.

Collapsed ceiling on the set of Silence in Taiwan.
Collapsed ceiling on the set of Silence in Taiwan.

A man identified as Chen Yu-lung was pronounced dead at hospital.

Shooting was set to begin in the next two weeks but will now likely be postponed until an investigation has taken place.

A spokesman for the film, which will star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, said:

"Today there was an unfortunate accident at CMPC Studios in Taiwan, where the Martin Scorsese film, Silence, is in pre-production. An existing structure on the CMPC backlot had been deemed unsafe by the production, and accordingly a 3rd-party contractor was hired to reinforce and make it safe prior to any production-related work commencing in this building. Sadly, during this process, the ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor’s employees and injuries to two others. 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."

The film's director, Martin Scorsese, is said to be "shocked and saddened" by the news.

The film will be based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Japanese writer Shusako Endo. Set in the 17th century, the book tells the story of two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to investigate the alleged apostasy of another evangelist. When they arrive, however, they discover a country in which Christians are being horrifically persecuted against.

Silence is set for release in 2016.


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