First Look: Andrew Garfield in Martin Scorsese's New Film 'Silence'

May 31, 2015


The new Scorsese movie is on the way. There have been handfuls of paparazzi set photos and other leaked images, plus news about production troubles, but after waiting patiently they've released an official photo from Martin Scorsese's Silence, which finished filming in Taiwan earlier this month. debuted this photo from Silence, showing actor Andrew Garfield as Father Rodrigues, a priest who travels to Japan to confront the rumors that his mentor has abandoned the Church. He's seen embracing Shinya Tsukamoto, who plays a villager named Mokichi. It's one simple shot but it's powerful and speaks volumes about what kind of film we'll be seeing. And I can't wait. I've got a really good feeling this is going to turn out amazing.

This is our first hint at that possibility. Hopefully we'll see more sooner than later. From Scorsese's Silence:

Martin Scorsese's Silence - First Look Photo

The film is set in the 17th century and focuses on two Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. The period sees religious persecution running rampant with Christians forced to practice their faith in secret. Garfield plays Father Rodrigues, who travels to Japan with a fellow priest (Driver) amid rumors that Rodrigues' mentor (Liam Neeson) has abandoned the Church. Silence was adapted by writer Jay Cocks, from Shûsaku Endô's 1966 novel, directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese (recently of Shine a Light, Shutter Island, Huge, The Wolf of Wall Street). "The subject matter presented by Shusaku Endo was in my life since I was very, very young," said Scorsese. Paramount will release Silence in theaters starting sometime in 2016. Stay tuned for more.

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments


Spider-Man ;_;

Dubmaster2010 on May 31, 2015


It's a new Scorsese film ... nuff said ... I'm there ... ROC

cabo on May 31, 2015


Yeah but I will not watch anything with Garfield in it. Period.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Jun 1, 2015


Too bad, he's a talented actor, or can be... If a good director can get the performance out of him. And Scorsese will get that kind of performance out of him, that's for sure.

Alex Billington on Jun 1, 2015


I'll probably check it out, both for the subject matter, and to see what Garfield can do outside Spiderman.

VAharleywitch on Jun 2, 2015



Xerxexx on May 31, 2015


I'm extremely interested in seeing what Scorsese can pull out of Garfield.

Danimal on May 31, 2015



Terry Craig on May 31, 2015


haha that's a horrific image

Danimal on Jun 1, 2015


I'm with you on Scorsese, Alex, and this latest of his could be one of his better films. Interesting subject about the Christian need to spread what they considered to be the truth to people in faraway lands who probably had a better grip of the truth then they did. At Play In The Fields Of The Lord comes to mind. Great title that says it all. Great novel by Peter Matthiessen. Not so great film version of the book. The best film of this subject I've seen is Black Robe. Excellent film. Brutal and truthful and very, very well done.

Bo on May 31, 2015


Small correction to your article, Garfield's character travels to Japan with fellow priest played by Adam Driver. Liam Neeson plays the mentor they're trying to locate.

Kellie on May 31, 2015


Ah, you're right, sorry for the confusion. Updated in the post. Thanks.

Alex Billington on Jun 1, 2015


Shusaku Endo's novel was filmed back in 1971 by Masahiro Shinoda. Considering the fact that Scorsese is a Christian I see no way for his interpretation of the story to be as uncompromising as Shinoda's. The earlier version is called "Chinmoku" (especially the ending). Seek it out.

Marty R. on May 31, 2015


just Andrew Garfield:);)

fatemeh AbdiGolsefidi on Jun 1, 2015


White men "saving" savages!!!~ Yay!!! // But in all seriousness I think this will be a fantastic drama.

DAVIDPD on Jun 1, 2015


As much as I used to love Scorsese, I have to say it's time for him to hang it up. He's lost his touch about 5 films ago. It's kind of sad to see him turning into a Ridley Scott.

Charles Knowlton on Jun 1, 2015


Hugo was magical.

mr tuffy on Jun 28, 2015


Charles, you are so right. Scorsese has become god awful. His movies are simplistic and moronic. Shutter Island is so bad it's unwatchable. This is the guy who turned out raging bull, king of comedy, and taxi driver. Each one a master work. Now he turns out dribble. You think he has it in him to do something as deep as silence? Don't hold your breath.

Stanley Kubrick on Aug 22, 2015

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