Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Shūsaku Endo’s 1966 novel Silence has been a long time coming, but it looks like it was worth the wait.
The trailer, which dropped Tuesday night, is beautiful and meticulous, and sets the film up as a strong awards contender once it’s released in December.
The movie follows two Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century—played by Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield—who take a dangerous journey through Japan to spread the word of God and search for their mentor (Liam Neeson).
Scorsese, who originally considered becoming a priest before getting into filmmaking, has been wanting to adapt Endo’s book for decades.
“The subject matter presented by Shusaku Endo was in my life since I was very, very young,” the director said during a 2015 press conference. “I was very much involved in religion, I was raised in a strong Catholic family… so ultimately this book drew my attention when it was given to me in 1988.”
Silence will hit theaters December 23.
From the column ‘The VICE Guide to Right Now’