Silence follows two Jesuit missionaries, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, who travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor, played by Liam Neeson

By Stephanie Petit
November 23, 2016 06:40 AM

Almost 30 years after Martin Scorsese first contemplated adapting Masahiro Shinoda’s 1966 novel Silence for the screen, the trailer for the highly anticipated passion project has finally arrived.

Just weeks ahead its theatrical debut, fans are getting their first look at the film, which is already garnering Oscar buzz.

Silence follows two 17th-century Jesuit missionaries, played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, who travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor, played by Liam Neeson, in the time of Kakure Kirishitan (“Hidden Christians”) — a period when Christianity was outlawed and their presence was forbidden.

The trailer is also the first look at the actors’ extreme body transformations for their roles. Last summer, Neeson’s frail appearance made headlines before he revealed Scorsese was behind the dramatic change.

“Martin wanted us all to look a bit more gaunt, which [costars Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield] did as well,” Neeson, 64, said during a press conference for the film about dropping 20 pounds for the role. “I know Adam went to the extreme. He’s an ex-Marine and when he’s given an order, he follows it through. He was like something out of Auschwitz. Martin requires this level of [dedication], and I think it pays off.”