By Travis Martin
Paramount Pictures has released a trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming historical drama, “Silence.“ The film, based off of Shûsaku Endô‘s novel, has long been a passion project for Scorsese and has been in development hell since 1990. Now, after finishing filming and delays with its release, the movie is set to come out.
Based in 17th century Japan, “Silence” centers on two Portuguese Jesuit priests, Father Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver). After they are told by colleague Father Valignano (Ciarán Hinds) that their mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) has committed apostasy, the two priest set off to Japan to find Ferreira and spread Christianity to the Japanese.
However, the two priests soon realize the extent that Christianity is persecuted by the Japanese government. Soon, Rodrigues and Garrpe are betrayed by their interpreter (Tadanobu Asano) and are separated. As Rodrigues wonders through Japan and witnesses the horrors that Japanese Christians go through, he begins wonder why God is silent in all of this.
The script was adapted by Scorsese and Jay Cocks. “Silence” will release on December 23, 2016.