Martin Scorcese’s Silence, which pretty much everyone was completely unaware of until it announced a release date coming up later this year, has a mysterious plot, and a hugely talented cast. With Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver in starring roles, it would be very difficult for this movie to be a miss. We’ve seen stills of Neeson and Garfield so far, but Driver’s look has been kept under wraps — until today, when Paramount released a new still.


That’s Garfield again on the right, and next to him sits Driver’s unforgettable profile. Driver plays Father Francisco Garrpe, one of two priests who travel to feudal Japan and are forced by hostile locals to renounce their religion. Garfield plays the other priest, Father Sebastião Rodrigues, and Neeson is Father Cristóvão Ferreira, their mentor who goes missing.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

Seventeenth-century Japan: Two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to a country hostile to their religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly renounce their beliefs. 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. Shusaku Endois one of the most celebrated and well-known Japanese fiction writers of the twentieth century, and Silence is widely considered to be his great masterpiece.

Silence is reportedly still being cut down to a reasonable runtime. Last time we heard it was down from three hours to 195 minutes, and today Deadline reports that Silence is now 159 minutes, which is still long, but not exhausting.

Silence is scheduled to open in theaters December 23.

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