From the celebrated filmmaker who gave us extraordinary films such as Gangs of New York, Shutter Island, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, and so much more, Martin Scorsese is back with a new religious period drama that has been said to be under development for 28 years. And with what this first trailer has teased, it looks like the long wait is going to pay off in a huge way.
Silence, which is based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel, follows the story of two priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who go on a mission to 17th century Japan to look for their lost mentor (Liam Neeson), as well as introduce Christianity to the native inhabitants of the area. But since this is a time when outsiders are not easily welcomed, their attempts are met with savagery and oppression, ultimately questioning their faith later on.
Take a look at the stunning trailer below.
One thing that made this trailer stand out is it’s jaw-dropping imagery. Religious drama has never looked this good. And with Scorsese working on this project for nearly three decades, I’m beyond thrilled to see how the rest of the film is going to play out.
The film is written by Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York) and also stars Tadanobu Asano and Ciaran Hinds.
Silence will debut on November 29 at the Vatican, before making its way to US theaters on December 23.