It’s been a long wait, but the first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating period epic Silence is finally here.
Silence stars Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield as Christian missionaries who go looking for their missing mentor in Japan, in which Christianity is outlawed and their presence forbidden and persecuted. Liam Neeson co-stars in the drama, which is based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel. The film also co-stars Ciarán Hinds, Shinya Tsukamoto, and Issey Ogata.
Paramount is going to have to rush the marketing for the film a little bit since Scorsese takes his time to edit his pictures, which now clocks in with a 159-minute running time. That shouldn’t be too damaging for such a high-profile project as this, and Scorsese’s name alone is enough to garner attention during the holiday season.
So no more talk, here’s the trailer:
In what is a pretty intense and incredible trailer, Silence looks to dive deeper into the questions of religious tolerance, and its function in different societal structures. The film will also go above and beyond its simple premise of two priests searching out their mentor. Questioning faith; being tested in a foreign land and battling with organized religion as only Scorsese can bring to life. It’s also immensely impressive to look at. Shot by cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Argo, The Wolf Of Wall Street). the film is incredibly dense in texture and coupled with long-time Scorsese editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, guaranteed to cast a spell of momentum and rhythm. Co-written by Jay Cocks who previously worked with the director on The Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York, it’s always a sign of a true passsion project for Scorsese when he is credited as a screenwriter.
It wasn’t until September that it was confirmed the movie would arrive before the end of the year, but Paramount clearly wants to get the movie out in time to compete in the 2017 awards race. Audiences who go see Allied this week were going to be the first to see the trailer as it was to be released online a couple days after that. Paramount is not going to waste anymore getting this film’s marketing going though, as the trailer hit online a full day before Allied opened theatrically.
It’s been widely documented at just how long Scorsese had to work to bring Silence to screens. The movie has been in some kind of development or another for the last 25 years. The film was an all-around passion project for more than just Scorsese, with all notable others throwing themselves into bringing this story to life. Andrew Garfield in particular studied extensively for his role as a Jesuit missionary, and even went on a spiritual retreat in preparation for the film: “I got totally swept up in all things Jesuit and very taken with Jesuit spirituality. The preparation went on for nearly a year, and by the time we got to Taiwan [where the film was shot], it was bursting out of me.”
In addition to the trailer, there were also a few stills released of Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver’s Jesuit priests in the film, and a brief glimpse of their mentor, played by Liam Neeson. Finally, a poster was also released and though it leaves a lot to be desired on the design-front, continues on with the color scheme of the film’s cinematography and the allusiveness of Neeson’s character.
Here’s the official synopsis for Silence:
Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.
Silence opens December 23 in New York and Los Angeles and nationwide in January.
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