Starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, the film is based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel by the same name and follows two 17th century Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution as they travel through Japan to spread Christianity and locate their mentor (Liam Neeson).
Rev. James J. Martin, S.J., a U.S.-based Jesuit who arranged the screening, worked as an advisor for the project, which Scorsese made sure was as authentic as a Jesuit priest would want it to be.
“Silence” has been in development for some time and is considered a passion project for Scorsese, who is a preeminent force in the Society of Jesus. Filming began in January of last year and the film will finally be released in limited theaters on December 23, with a wide release in January.
At the end of October, Paramount Pictures showed press a special 45-second teaser of the film which included a famished-looking Liam Neeson praying, Japanese men being hanged on crosses and landscape shots of the Japanese countryside. No word on when the video will debut online.