Silence: Scorsese’s Religious Epic is Paramount Oscar Contender

Scorsese’s passion project, Silence, about Jesuit priests in feudal Japan, is getting an awards-season release date, as Paramount believes it has a potential Oscar contender.

The religious epic will debut in limited release on December 23, before expanding in January.
The cast of “Silence” includes Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver.

The screenplay is by Jay Cocks, Scorsese’s collaborator on “Gangs of New York” and “The Age of Innocence.”

There are no films scheduled to debut on that date, but it is a crowded time of year as studios are fielding a number of prestige films and commercial projects, all trying to take advantage of the holidays.
The animated musical “Sing,” video game adaptation “Assassin’s Creed,” and “Passengers,” a sci-fi romance with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, hit theaters two days before “Silence” debuts.
The film has been in development for over two decades, with the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro, and Gael García Bernal all involved at various points before they left for other projects.

Scorsese has been nominated 12 times for an Oscar, winning best director in 2006 for “The Departed,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Jack Nicholson.