Martin Scorsese has been working for nearly three decades to get a specific film made. Of course during this time period he has created a great deal of high-quality, classic movies and turned into the Scorsese we all know and love. Now, as 2016 winds down to a close, Scorsese has finally completed his passion project, and we have a trailer for it. That movie is Silence, the adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s 1966 masterpiece of a novel.
Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as Father Sebastião Rodrigues and Father Francisco Garrpe, respectively, two Christian missionaries in the seventeenth century. Rodrigues and Garrpe are tasked with traveling to Japan to find Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson). During this time period, Japan was strictly against Christianity. In fact, the practice and preaching of the religion was against the law. The trailer shows the two missionaries facing these outward conflicts, but also experiencing a crisis of faith. At one point, Rodrigues despairs, “I pray, but I’m lost. Am I just praying to silence?” It’s a pretty heavy subject, but with the excellent source material and Scorsese at the helm, it’s sure to be a gripping, moving piece of cinema.
Watch the trailer for Silence below. The film also stars Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Tadanobu Asano, and Ciarán Hinds. Silence is set for a limited release on December 23 before going wide in January.