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Martin Scorsese's Silence gets a brooding poster

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Martin Scorsese’s Silence is slowly crawling out of the woodwork.

A new poster for the mysterious film debuted Tuesday morning, putting an official stamp on the long-gestating passion project the legendary filmmaker has been working on for nearly three decades.

Silence is adapted from Japanese writer Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel of the same name. Set in the 17th century, the film follows two Jesuit missionaries (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) who, after being sent to Japan to propagate Christianity, endure severe religious persecution as they attempt to retrieve their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). 

The film’s new one-sheet shows a bearded Neeson standing against a misty backdrop, his hands clasped behind his back. In his silhouette, Garfield and Driver are seen traversing a beach as waves crash behind them. 

Endō’s book was previously adapted for the big screen by director Masahiro Shinoda in 1971. The 2016 version was written by Scorsese and frequent collaborator Jay Cocks, who was nominated for two Academy Awards for writing the screenplays for Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and The Age of Innocence

Expected to be a major player in the upcoming awards race (especially for Neeson, who’s presumed to show up in the relatively sparse Best Supporting Actor category) Silence is the last major Oscar contender that has yet to hold a major public screening, though Paramount has scheduled several FYC industry showings for the first week of December. Though various members of the press were shown a 45-second preview of the movie at a special presentation in October, an estimated 400 Jesuit priests will reportedly get to see it during a private screening in Rome later this month. 

According to a press release, a new trailer for Silence will debut in theaters ahead of Paramount’s Allied, which opens Wednesday. The full clip is set to premiere online this Saturday. For now, check out the full poster for Silence below, ahead of the film’s Dec. 23 limited release date. 

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