Harrowing trailer for Martin Scorsese's Silence lands

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The trailer for Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming historical drama ‘Silence’ has landed, and it’s a harrowing affair.

Cast-members Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson look noticeably emaciated for their roles as Portuguese catholic missionaries in Japan.

A million miles from the bloated excess of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, Garfield and Driver play the emissaries sent to find their missing mentor, played by Neeson.

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However, they are met with violence and persecution, and will have to fight for their lives.

The movie has been a passion project for Scorsese, who’s been developing the story since 1990.

“As you get older, ideas go and come. Questions, answers, loss of the answer again and more questions, and this is what really interests me,” he told Deadline earlier this year.

“The very nature of secularism right now is really fascinating to me, but at the same time do you wipe away what could be more enriching in your life, which is an appreciation or some sort of search for that which is spiritual and transcends?

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“’Silence’ is just something that I’m drawn to in that way. It’s been an obsession, it has to be done… it’s a strong, wonderful true story, a thriller in a way, but it deals with those questions.”

Stars have come and gone from the project – including Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro, and Gael Garcia Bernal – but he’s secured a stellar cast with Driver, Garfield, Neeson and Ciarán Hinds, along with Japanese actors Shinya Tsukamoto and Yōsuke Kubozuka.

It’s due out on January 1, 2017.

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