‘Silence’ First Trailer: Scorsese’s Much-Anticipated Passion Project

Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Andrew Garfield and Shin’ya Tsukamoto in Paramount Pictures’ ‘Silence.’

Paramount Pictures and Martin Scorsese are launching Silence late in the awards season game, with most critics’ groups unable to watch a screening prior to voting for the best of 2016 in feature films. The studio and Scorsese also held off on releasing a full trailer until the last minute, dropping it just a month prior to the film’s theatrical release. The cast of Silence is led by Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Liam Neeson (Taken), with Tadanobu Asano (Thor), Issey Ogata (The Sun), Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones), Yosuke Kubozuka (Go), and Yoshi Oida (The Pillow Book) co-starring. Silence, based on the novel by Shusaku Endo, will open in theaters on December 23, 2016.

The Silence Plot: 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.