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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Gets 2016 Release Date

Film will open in limited release on December 23

Last Updated: September 27, 2016 @ 2:28 PM

Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence” will be getting an awards-season run.

The film will open limited on December 23, 2016, and then go wide in January 2017.

“Silence” is a historic drama based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō. It is produced by Scorsese, Paul Breuls, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Barbara De Fina, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Gaston Pavlovich and Irwin Winkler. Dale A. Brown of Sharpsword Films serves as an executive producer on the film. Pavlovich’s company Fabrica de Cine also provided the lead financing for the picture.

The script was adapted by Scorsese and Jay Cocks, and the movie stars Andrew Garfield, Adam DriverLiam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Issey Ogata, Ciaran Hinds, Yosuke Kubozuka, and Yoshi Oida.

The film has been in development for over two decades with various actors like Daniel Day-Lewis having been attached before moving on to other projects.

Last year, there was a tragic death on the set of “Silence.” The film was in pre-production at Taiwan’s CMPC Studios. After the production deemed a structure on the backlot unsafe for use, a contractor was hired to reinforce it.

It was during this work that a ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor’s employees and injuries to two others.

Scorsese’s recent credits include “The Wolf of Wall Street,” serving as executive producer on TV series “Boardwalk Empire” and “Vinyl,” and working as an executive producer on Miles Teller‘s boxing drama “Bleed for This.”

He is working on projects like “Sinatra,” “Tomorrow” and “The Snowman,” the latter starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson and Chloe Sevigny.