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Brace Yourself For Impact With The First Trailer For Martin Scorsese’s Silence

It’s been a long three years for Martin Scorsese fans. While he found time to direct a documentary (The 50 Year Argument), a TV pilot (Vinyl), and a star-studded short film (The Audition), most of his attention has been focused on Silence, a passion project that has obsessed the director since the ’90s. This film finds Scorsese in religious mode, his least commercial register, but one that has resulted in some of his most powerful work, including acclaimed, award-winning films like The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun.

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To Scorsese’s dismay, both of those films struggled to find an audience, which may explain why the celebrated auteur has enlisted the services of no less than three genre movie icons: The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield, The Force Awakens’ Adam Driver, and all-purpose vigilante Liam Neeson. Based on the film’s new trailer, this is major departure from all three actors’ signature work, but it features a high stakes, thematically loaded narrative with the potential to win over audiences that have previously ignored this area of Scorsese’s career.

Silence is based on a 1966 novel by late Japanese novelist Shûsaku Endô. Set in the seventeenth-century, it tells the story of two Portuguese Jesuit priests (Garfield and Driver) who travel to Japan, “a country hostile to their religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly renounce their beliefs,” explains the official synopsis on the novel’s back cover. “Eventually captured and forced to watch their Japanese Christian brothers lay down their lives for their faith, the priests bear witness to unimaginable cruelties that test their own beliefs.”

While this is certain to be a harrowing experience, the reliable hand of Martin Scorsese makes it essential viewing for all serious filmgoers. Brace yourself for impact with the trailer below.

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