It’s been a passion project for director Martin Scorsese for nearly 30 years. Finally, his film, “Silence,” hits theaters on December 23 and it’s already generating some early awards hype.
Paramount Pictures has finally dropped the trailer for the new Martin Scorsese film, Silence, which is coming out just less than a month from now. The film, that took 20 years to make, stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as priests traveling through a perilous feudal Japan to rescue their mentor played by Liam Neeson.
Although, from the first few frames, it’s clear this is far from a jolly movie. Based on a 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō, it’s set in seventeenth century Japan during a time when Christians were viciously persecuted.
The story follows the fate of a Jesuit missionary who vanishes after publicly renouncing his faith.
Two Portuguese Jesuit priests, played by Hacksaw Ridge‘s Andrew Garfield and Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Adam Driver, are then sent to rural Japan to unearth the whereabouts of their missing mentor and preach Christianity, with somewhat predictably violent results.
Although set in Japan, much of the filming was completed in Taiwan last year.
Asked in 2013 about finally getting the chance to direct Silence, Scorsese elaborated on why the project was so important to him.
Silence is just something that I’m drawn to in that way. It’s been an obsession, it has to be done and now is the time to do it. It’s a strong, wonderful true story, a thriller in a way, but it deals with those questions.
Seriously, carve out a little time around the end of December to unwrap this holiday present—as timely and deeply felt as any drama we’re likely to see for a while.
Will you watch this movie?