Silence is here to make some noise. The first trailer has arrived for Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating drama based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel about a Portuguese Jesuit priest who is persecuted along with other Christians in 17th-century Japan.
The trailer begins with Andrew Garfield’s Father Rodrigues and Adam Driver’s Father Garrpe sent on a quest to locate their mentor, played by Liam Neeson. But they are warned: “The moment you set foot in that country, you step into high danger.”
Once in Japan, the hardship inflicted upon them, and especially on their fellow Christians, puts their faith to the test. “I pray but I’m lost,” Rodrigues whispers in a climactic moment. “Am I just praying to silence?”
Expected to be a serious contender this awards season, Silence has long been a passion project for Scorsese. “The subject matter presented by Shusaku Endo was in my life since I was very, very young,” the filmmaker told reporters last year. “I was very much involved in religion, I was raised in a strong Catholic family. … Further reflection is how [we] want to lead our life in the Christian faith … so ultimately this book drew my attention when it was given to me in 1988.”
Silence will open Dec. 23 in limited release before going wide in January. Watch the trailer below.