After years and years of hints, whispers, and false starts, it seems that Martin Scorsese’s passion project, ‘Silence’, will finally be hitting cinemas. The movie will see two 17th century Jesuit missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) travelling to Japan to find their lost mentor, played by Liam Neeson.
Martin Scorsese, who is 74, has been trying to make Silence for a long time — the script was by most accounts finished some time in the late 90’s. The director’s work has continually referenced and contemplated his Catholic upbringing in various ways, so Silence, with its more overt religious themes should prove to be, at the very least, a fascinating watch. At the helm of the camera will be Rodrigo Prieto (The Wolf of Wall Street, Argo, Biutiful).
The movie also stars Ciarán Hinds and Tadanobu Asano and is scheduled for a limited US release date on the 23rd December. Greece will get a full release the day before that, and the States and the rest of the world will follow in the early days of the new year.
Check out the trailer: