Martin Scorsese’s Silence is widely expected to be a contender at the Academy Awards next year. The director has an excellent track record, and he has some fantastic actors attached to this latest project. Now we finally have a trailer for the religious drama, which you can check out below.
In this age of long running marketing campaigns, Silence is really bucking the trend. It’s weeks away from a limited release, yet this first glimpse only dropped this morning. Putting Scorsese’s name on anything is likely to drive in fans, so it’s not like they need a big push to get people in the theatre.
To be honest, it’s hard to see these stars out of their major blockbuster roles. It’s quite easy to see this as Peter Parker and Ben Solo heading off to rescue Ra’s al Ghul. You can also enjoy the irony of Liam Neeson being Taken, although we doubt a couple of Jesuit missionaries would turn up to save him in that franchise.
That’s the story of Silence, which is set in 17th century Japan. It revolves around Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver’s Portuguese priests who take the Christian faith to the Japanese, following in the footsteps of their missing mentor Neeson. They risk prosecution and death in the process, while they start to question their faith along the way. As you can see by the trailer, the film features some pretty horrific death sentences for the new Christian converts.
The film has been something Scorcese has been looking to make for over 25 years now. It’s quite a jump to go from The Wolf of Wall Street to Christian missionaries, but this looks fascinating. There’s already speculation that Garfield will be at least nominated for the best actor Oscar, with Neeson said to be a contender for best supporting actor.
From the look of this trailer, don’t rule out Driver. He seems to have undergone quite a transformation for this role. That’s something the Academy tend to love. While he’s best known for his Star Wars appearance, the Girls actor has talent to burn.
The film has a limited release on December 23 in the US, while it goes wide in the US and UK in January.