At this point in the year we’re getting closer to making Oscar predictions and finalizing our Top 10 lists, but there’s still a few highly-anticipated films that have yet to screen for critics. One of those is Martin Scorsese’s Silence, a religious epic that that director has managed to trim down to just under three hours – it sounds long now, but you’ll be thankful come Christmas when there’s an excuse to ditch your chaotic family for a whopping 159 minutes.

We’ve seen a few stills here an there of Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver’s Jesuit priests in the film, and a brief glimpse of their mentor, played by Liam Neeson. Now we’ve got our first poster for the film, which shows an outline of a shadowy Neeson with Driver and Garfield walking along a beach. With the poster announcement, Paramount revealed the first trailer for Silence will hit theaters this Friday in front of Allied, followed by an online debut on Saturday. Here’s the full synopsis:

Martin Scorsese’s Silence tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.


Silence is based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel of the same. Before the film hits limited theaters on December 23, followed by a wide release in January, Scorsese plans to screen the film privately to a group of 400 Jesuit priests in Rome. Check out the poster below.