First Look at Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

Martin Scorsese's Long-Gestating Project

Liam Neeson has re-teamed with his Gangs of New York director, Martin Scorsese, for the filmmaker’s long-gestating passion project, Silence, the adaptation of Shusako Endo’s 1966 novel of the same name.

The first image featured Andrew Garfield alongside Japanese actor Shinya Tsukamoto (above), and today we get our first proper look at the star of the Taken franchise as a Jesuit missionary.

Scorsese’s latest film is about two Jesuit priests in the 17th century who were persecuted during a trip to Japan to locate their mentor and spread the gospel of Christianity. Also set to feature in the cast are Adam Driver and Ciaran Hinds.

Silence is expected to arrive next year.

Martin Scorsese's Long-Gestating Project

Here’s the story:

Young Portuguese Jesuit Sebastião Rodrigues is sent to Japan to succor the local Church and investigate reports that his mentor, Fr. Cristóvão Ferreira, has committed apostasy. (Ferreira is a historical figure, who apostatized after torture and later married a Japanese woman and wrote a treatise against Christianity.)

Fr. Rodrigues and his companion Fr. Francisco Garrpe arrive in Japan in 1638. There they find the local Christian population driven underground. Security officials force suspected Christians to trample on fumie, which are crudely carved images of Christ. Those who refuse are imprisoned and killed. The novel relates the trials of the Christians and increasing hardship suffered by Rodrigues, as more is learnt about the circumstances of Ferreira’s apostasy.

Um, sounds like yet another winner for Martin Scorcese. Garfield plays Rodrigues while Neeson is playing Ferreira. I just hope Scorcese gives this a fair portrayal on both sides.

Source: Variety