Martin Scorsese‘s Silence has become one of those projects that you not-so-secretly thought would never get made, strung up by scheduling conflicts, production woes, and other sorts of hesitations and hiccups for years. Now, as evidenced by the image of Andrew Garfield in the film that premiered earlier this weekend, we seem to be in the home stretch of finally getting our eyes on the great filmmaker’s follow-up to his most recent masterwork, The Wolf of Wall Street, as producers are now hoping to have the film bow at Cannes 2016, followed by a presumed nationwide release from Paramount. And now we’ve received our second taste from the long-gestating film with our first look at Liam Neeson via Variety’s report from the Los Cabos International Film Festival, where Neeson discussed the production and Scorsese’s intense directing style. Check out the full picture of Neeson in the film below:
Not unlike the image of Garfield, as one of two jesuit priests – the other played by Kylo Ren himself Adam Driver – who are looking for their mentor (Neeson) in 17th century Nagasaki, Neeson is fitfully disheveled as the man lost and looking to spread the salvation of Christianity. The subject matter is a hairpin turn from the wild, near-demonic whirlwind of The Wolf of Wall Street and, for that matter, the crazed ferocity of Shutter Island and the wondrous Hugo.
Silence feels much more in the mold of Kundun, Scorsese’s strange yet striking take on the fourteenth Dalai Llama and his confrontations with Chinese oppression in Tibet, but Scorsese’s style has clearly advanced since then, bringing about far more bold and narratively audacious works from the Goodfellas helmer. As such, Silence, even in the first two images gleaned from the production, looks like a far more visually potent work than the one Scorsese made in 1997, and already occupies the top space in my most-anticipated films of 2016 list. In fact, it might be the only one on there right now other than Hail Caesar.