It’s been his personal passion project for almost three decades, but now it’s finished.
Acclaimed film director, Martin Scorsese’s (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street) latest film, Silence, is due to hit theaters on December 23rd.
The film is based on the renowned 1966 novel of the same name by Japanese author Shusaku Endo.
The story takes place in the 17th century and follows two Portuguese Jesuit priests played by Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The Amazing Spider-Man, Hacksaw Ridge) and Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) who embark on a journey to Japan to find their lost mentor, played by Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler’s List, Batman Begins). It’s a time when Christianity was outlawed in Japan and followers were persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, and made to publicly renounce their faith.
During the course of their search, the two priests are captured by the hostile local regime and their own faith is severely tested as they are forced to witness their Japanese Christian brothers lay down their lives for their beliefs.
Martin Scorsese is one of the most highly respected filmmakers of our time. He is famous for his incredible storytelling skills and unique visual style. Silence is already rumored to be another major artistic success.
It’s saga of Christians being persecuted for and challenged by their faith is no doubt going to make for a compelling trip to the movies.