13_169_6919Andrew Garfield, best known to audiences for his turns in The Social Network and The Amazing Spider-Man, has just signed up to join Martin Scorsese‘s next movie, while Oscar winner Benicio del Toro has agreed to join Paul Thomas Anderson‘s ‘Inherent Vice,’ which starts shooting soon.

So this amounts to “Good casting in Auteur films” day, we guess. Variety reported that Garfield has signed on to play Father Rodrigues in Scorsese’s Silence, who — acording to Variety is “a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church.” And so much like his turn as Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network, this American-born, British-raised actor will be asked to play Portuguese here. Likely this compromise is being made because Garfield is a great actor (watch him in Never Let Me Go to see him give a powerhouse performance) and also Spider-Man.

It’s almost strange that Benicio del Toro and Paul Thomas Anderson hadn’t worked together yet, which makes del Toro’s casting in Inherent Vice all the more exciting. The Wrap says that he’ll be playing a lawyer who doesn’t practice criminal law, but still gives advice to the film’s main character, private investigator Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix). This makes it sound like it might be played comically, which could be a lot of fun. As we said before, this all sounds a lot like Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye, which is great news.

Who else should join Inherent Vice?