Martin Scorsese is storming into awards season with “Silence,” the highly anticipated religious drama starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson.
In the first teaser released Tuesday, viewers see two 17th-century Catholic missionaries (Garfield and Driver) searching for the missing Father Ferreira (Neeson), an esteemed priest who has reportedly apostatized.
“It seems to me that our mission here is more urgent than ever,” Garfield says, before they venture to Japan on their secret mission to protect Christians in the country.
“I pray but I am lost, am I just praying for silence?” is the chilling voiceover that ends the trailer.
According to the film’s description from Paramount Pictures, the two young Portuguese Jesuit priests must come to terms with their own human frailty and a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace in the midst of God’s “silence.”
“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 served as an executive producer on the film. Pavlovich’s company Fabrica de Cine also provided the lead financing for the picture.
It is set to open in theaters on Dec. 23.
See the trailer above.