Silence has been Martin Scorsese’s passion project and we are finally getting a peek at what we can expect from the long-awaited epic. The trailer shows Andrew Garfield and Star Wars actor Adam Driver as Portuguese Jesuit priests dispatched to feudal Japan to to spread the word of Christianity and search for a missing missionary, played by Liam Neeson.
According to the Guardian, the movie’s premiere will happen at the Pontifical Oriental Institute for the Jesuits in Rome, Italy. However, it’s not thought that Pope Francis himself will be in attendance. That said, around 400 priests and other guests will join the ‘Goodfellas’ helmer in being the first audience to see the project that’s been in development for some time.
In fact, Scorsese has reveals the film has been in development for a whopping 27 years and one that the legendary director described as “an obsession.”
It’s been well documented just how long Scorsese’s been trying to bring his dream to the big screen – since early 1990. Along the way there have been various big names attached to the project, such as Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro, and Gael García Bernal.
The internet immediately broke into conversation around just how much weight Liam Neeson lost for the role, despite barely seeing him in the trailer, it was the shot of him falling to his knees that got everyone talking. We also see flashes of crucifixions, religious imagery and violence, all over the sound of screaming strings and intense drumming.
The trailer ends with Andrew ominously saying: “I pray but I’m lost. Am I just praying to silence?”
The film is based on a novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo and Martin worked on the screenplay with Jay Cocks and will be released in the UK on January 1st 2017. ‘Silence’ marks Scorsese’s return to the big screen and is his first movie since his 2013’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie. Silence is a hot favourite to pick up some Oscars at the next Academy Awards and looking at the trailer, our hopes are high!