added: Mon, Jan 2nd '17
For nearly three decades, filmmaker Martin Scorsese has been trying to make a film adaptation of the 1966 historical fiction novel "Silence" by the late Japanese author Shusaku Endo. Now, after some false starts and scheduling issues, the legendary director has finally realized his passion project, casting Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson as seventeenth-century Jesuit missionaries who face brutal religious persecution during Japan's purge of Christianity.
"My interest in the subject matter, 'Silence,' goes way back to when I was very young," the 74-year-old Oscar-winner says in a new featurette for his new epic. "The story takes elements of my other films and goes deeper."
Garfield goes a step further as he reveals his thoughts about working with the iconic director: "It feels like a new type of Martin Scorsese film. There's something deeply mysterious about it."
"Silence" is currently playing in select theaters, but will open nationwide next week on January 13th.
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. The celebrated director's 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life.
directed by Martin Scorsese
starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciaran Hinds, Tadanobu Asano, Issei Ogata, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yosuke Kubozuka, Nana Komatsu
release date December 23, 2016 (Limited), January 13, 2017 (Nationwide)